Amid the ongoing Chintan Shibir in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the party has taken a big step towards giving more representation to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Minorities in the party. Sources said that the Congress has planned to reserve 50 per cent of the party’s seats for SC-ST, OBC and minorities. The party gave this information on Saturday.
The decision to increase the representation of this disadvantaged class is considered very important for the Congress which is preparing for Mission 2024. This information was given in the press conference after the discussion on the second day of Chintan Shivir. In this meditation camp, the party functionaries are having in-depth discussions on issues like rebuilding the party organization, lessons from continuous election defeats, good results and leadership.
Party leader K Raju informed about all these issues. The meeting is being attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot and others. Apart from this, senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma are also involved in the Chintan Shibir.
The party leader said there was also a discussion on setting up a social justice advisory council to help the Congress president, which would look into all issues and make recommendations. Raju said the Congress working committee would hold a special session every six months for the weaker sections. “At the level of national policy, we should take a census of the caste,” Raju said. The private sector should be reserved for SC-ST and OBC. The Women’s Reservation Bill should also provide for SC-ST women
The Congress think tank will run till May 15 and on the last day the party can take forward the decisions taken on all issues.