Indirectly hinting at the recent Jat agitation in Haryana, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) disapproved the demand of reservation by the ‘affluent’ sections of the society.
They also called for a study to ascertain whether the deserving backward classes are actually getting the quota benefits. RSS said that prosperous should not ask for the benefits of reservation.
Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, RSS general secretary, said that provisions of reservation made by Dr. Ambedkar were for social justice and that concept should be kept in mind by those demanding reservation today.
While addressing a press conference at the end of a three-day conclave of Akhil Bhariya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest decision-making body of the RSS, he told:
“It is felt that this thinking (demand by affluent class) is not in the right direction. People of such (affluent) class should give up their right and should help the weaker section of the society. But instead of that, they are demanding reservation for themselves which is not a thinking in the right direction.”
In the conclave, RSS passed resolutions on Social Harmony and also Education and Healthcare.
The resolution on Social Harmony said:
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“Caste-based discrimination is a matter of concern for all of us and members of the Hindu community are responsible for it. But now we need to eradicate it. A message for this should be conveyed in the society so that there is no discrimination, atrocities against anyone and social harmony should be maintained.”
Joshi added that today the level of education of Dalit class has improved.
Talking about the resolutions on Education and Healthcare, Joshi said that both the facilities should be made available to everyone.
He added, “Accessibility, affordability and quality of these services should be there for all.”