New Delhi: In a bid to give the reservation to backward community, All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) has announced Bharat Bandh today (25 May). Bharat Bandh has been called for the refusal of the Central Government to conduct a caste-based census of Other Backward Castes. BAMCEF has also got the support of Bahujan Mukti Party. At the same time, the Left parties have called for Protest across the country in protest against inflation. This shutdown can have an impact on many services.
The Federation is also demanding reservations for the SC/ST/OBC communities in the private sector. Besides, BAMCEF is also protesting against the use of EVMs during elections and the issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Population Register (NPR).
Key demands of the BAMCEF are:
-Stopping use of EVMs in elections.
– Census on the basis of caste.
-SC/ST/OBC reservations in the private sector.
-Law guaranteeing MSP to farmers.
-No implementation of NRC/CAA/NPR.
-Resumption of the old pension scheme.
-Separate electorates in OBC reservation in Panchayat elections in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
-No displacement of tribal people under the garb of environmental protection.
-Not making vaccination compulsory.
-Protection against labour laws that were secretly made against workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Along with BAMCEF, the bandh has also garnered the support of the Bahujan Mukti Party and Bahujan Kranti Morcha.
Extending his support for bandh, BKM convener Waman Meshram claimed that some forces are creating an atmosphere of disturbance to divert the attention of people from the bandh, especially the OBCs so that they they cannot join the movement.
Earlier, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai had said that the Government of India has decided as a matter of policy “not to enumerate caste-wise populations other than SCs and STs in the census”.