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Efforts on to ensure backwards, minority get full access to education: Arjun Singh

Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh today said his ministry was making all efforts to ensure that Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities have full access to education.

New Delhi, May 18 : Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh today said his ministry was making all efforts to ensure that Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities have full access to education.

He said this while addressing the concluding session of the 'International Conference on Empowerment of SCs, STs and Minorities' through elementary education, here.

"It is a well-established fact that education is a means for advancement of all individuals and to ensure political rights for them. But what exactly is holding back the matter is lack of sense of fair play, justice and commitment," Singh added.

Underling that the country was still battling for the rights of the SCs, STs and minorities, the Minister said the reservation for backward classes was an attempt to make the entire higher education inclusive.

He further said that when the issue of reservation for backward classes in higher education came up, it was pointed out that it conflicts with the advantages for the unreserved candidates.

But, he said, if general category seats were to be curtailed and given to the backward classes in higher education institutions, then their grievance would have been genuine. Considering this, the government adopted a unique level-headed approach in which the general category seats were increased so that reservation to backward classes do not affect them, he added.

Singh appealed to all sections of society to join to bring out an awakening for the rights of backwards and minorities.

The concluding session was attended by Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Charanjeet Singh Atwal, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha K. Rehman Khan, Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Small Scale Industry Minister Mahavir Prasad, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar, and Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes among others.

This Conference was organised by All India Forum of Legislators (SCs/STs) and others in association with the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

ANI

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