Ram Vilas Paswan, Upendra Kushwaha pitch for quota in higher judiciary

Ram Vilas Paswan, Upendra Kushwaha pitch for quota in higher judiciary

Patna: Two Union ministers have pitched for reservations for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in higher judiciary, saying such people do not have adequate representation in the Supreme Court and the high courts.
Ram Vilas Paswan, a minister in the Narendra Modi government, said it was time to launch a movement to press for their demand.
Paswan is the chief of Lok Janshakti Party, an NDA ally.
“I am speaking in the capacity of LJP chief that we should launch a movement for getting reservation in the judiciary,” Paswan said here yesterday while addressing a national conference of Dalit Sena on the occasion of the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.
“Ideally, there should be a reservation in Indian Judiciary but if we demand this the Supreme Court will say it is unconstitutional, so Indian Judicial service should be set up. Let there be a competitive exam,” Paswan said.
He appreciated the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for introducing reservations in lower and higher judicial services in the state.
Paswan holds Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution portfolio in Modi government.
Upendra Kushwaha, another Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief, said no one can even dare to think of abolishing the reservation system in the country.
Rather, the quantum of reservation should be increased, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development said.
“We will demand for more reservation. We will not stop till our mission is completed…Ye dil maange more,” Kushwaha, who was also present at the programme, said.
The judiciary should create a system, where poor people can become judges of Supreme Court and high courts, he added.