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Mayawati Awards Quota to SCs, STs in Work Contracts

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has announced a quota for SCs/STs in all government and semi-government work contracts up Rs 5 lakhs in a step being seen as an attempt to consolidate Dalit and tribal vote bank.

Mayawati, after a cabinet meeting, told media persons that from now on, 21% work contracts would be reserved for SCs and 2% for STs. They would be eligible to apply for all tenders floated by any government or semi-government or public undertaking or development authority and any other establishment under the state government. Presently, SCs and STs have the similar reservation in government jobs..

She said a law would be enacted for this purpose, which would make it compulsory for all departmental heads to announce reservation for SCs and STs while floating tenders. “Anyone found flouting the government order would be punished severely,” she said.
To give impetus to her Dalit agenda, Mayawati said a roadmap had been prepared to give a facelift to Ambedkar villages.

However, no new villages would be added under the Ambedkar scheme as she was not happy with the quality of work done in these villages. She said emphasis would be given on Dalit localities while constructing roads and taking up developmental

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