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The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the
following statement:

Media reports that the first two days of the forthcoming winter session of
Parliament, i.e., November 26 and 27, 2015, would be devoted to observe the
125th birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.  The Polit Bureau of the
CPI(M) calls upon the Central government to use these two days for carrying
on the unfinished agenda and vision of Dr. Ambedkar on the issue of social
The government must, in these two days, come prepared with legislative
business at least on the following:
1)         Enacting a law for extending the current constitutional provision
of reservations to the private sector.

2)         The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of
Atrocities) Bill 2015 is pending before the Rajya Sabha after being adopted
by the Lok Sabha. This should be legislated during these two days.

3)         Enact laws providing statutory status to the Scheduled
Caste/Scheduled Tribe Sub-Plan. The fund allocations should be based on the
enumerated population of SCs/STs.

Though this is not a special session, as the CPI(M) demanded, these two days
must be utilized for ensuring that the attention of the entire country is
focused on this shameful scourge of Indian society — inequality on the
basis of birth and descent — and on the urgent need to take comprehensive
and strong measures to eliminate it.

This is the least that the Indian Parliament can do to carry forward Dr.
Ambedkar’s vision. This is the best way to observe this anniversary.