Caste census, MSP to farmers first priorities if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

None of the people from these communities are found among the owners of big companies, their senior managements, media firms, influential journalists and social media influencers, Gandhi said.

Of the 90 top Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers “who run the government”, only three each are from OBC and Dalit communities, and “they are made to sit in the corner when the budget is decided,” he claimed.

Names from these communities are, however, found in the lists of MNREGA workforce, labourers and sanitary workers, the Congress leader said.

The Congress called the ongoing march `Nyay” (justice) because of the prevailing situation marked by social injustice and economic injustice, Gandhi said.

The caste census is a revolutionary step and will ensure justice and equal participation for these communities in various sectors, the Congress leader said.

It will provide answers to two questions, namely, what is the population of the OBCs, Dalits, and tribals, and how wealth is distributed among them and what is their share in various institutions, Gandhi said.

Before the Modi government rolled out the Agniveer system of recruitment for the defence forces, there was only “one type of martyrs” and ex-servicemen got pensions, canteen facilities and respect in society, he said.

“Now, there are two types of martyrs….If one is recruited under the Agniveer scheme, the jawan will not get the status of martyr and not get the pension. Three out of four ex-servicemen will not get pension, canteen facilities and respect in their villages,” Gandhi said.

He said the Agniveer scheme is implemented to provide money to big industrialists, and the government wanted the defence budget to not go towards the pension and training of the jawans but to the bank accounts of industrialists.

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