STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Former Minister, Sham Lal Sharma appreciated his party leadership for extending support to the Bill granting 10 per cent reservation for poor in general category. Addressing a public meeting at Panchayat Gharatal, the former Minister said that the Congress Party supported this Bill keeping in view the interest of common masses and above party politics. He further said that whenever BJP was in Opposition, they did politics even on the issues relating to common people. Sham said the people are happy with Congress Party for extending support to this Bill. He further said that in the past also, the Congress Government brought this type of Bill but was not implemented because of SC ruling. He said it is question that how much the effected people will be benefited with this Bill. In the absence of job avenues, this Bill will not be of much help to the common poor man, he said. He urged the government to open job avenues so that the poor people are able to take benefit of this reservation quota. He further said that it will be futile to derive benefit of 10 per cent reservation unless and until job opportunities are opened. Sharma said that Modi government had miserably failed to provide employment to unemployed youths across the country. “We have lakhs of graduates and post-graduates who are sitting at their homes without jobs,” he said, adding that he is happy with the government’s decision and that it should not be politicized. The people of the Panchayat voiced their concern about the non-availability of basic amenities like dilapidated condition of roads, non-availability of basic amenities like water, electricity, ration, etc. They further said since the inception of erstwhile BJP PDP Government the development work had been put on hold and some are being completed with slow pace. They termed that the role of erstwhile government was worst period for Jammu. In the meeting all the people assured Sham Lal Sharma that they will make all out effort to ensure his massive victory in the forth coming elections. Sharma extended his gratitude to the newly elected Sarpanch Ajit Kumar for organizing this function.
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