Cong govt robbed job opportunities of Dalits: BJP

New Delhi:BJP today accused the previous Congress regimes for “not doing anything” to increase job opportunities for Dalits instead they robbed the scheduled caste youths of the existing jobs opportunities by freezing recruitments under the garb of austerity measures.

“The scheduled caste and tribes have been cheated by the Congress, Communists and other parties like BSP claiming to champion their cause.

“It is a sad reflection that Congress-led UPA government not only did nothing to increase job opportunities for the Dalits but in fact robbed them of existing job opportunities by freezing their recruitment under the garb of austerity measures,” BJP National Vice President Shyam Jaju said.

Addressing a Scheduled Caste ‘Yuva Sammelan’ at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium here today, Union minister Arjun Meghwal, apprised youths of improved vocational, professional and business opportunities being provided for scheduled caste (SC) youths by the Narendra Modi government.

Thousands of Scheduled Caste youths aged between 18 to 35 years joined the Delhi BJP’s SC ‘Yuva Sammelan’.

Meghwal said “even as the benefits of social welfare schemes are fast reaching the society, the PM himself stands committed to better the lives of SC youths, specially women.”

He thanked the Prime Minister for extending Venture Capital Scheme (VCS) benefits for SC youth in specific.

“Under this scheme youths are getting loans of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 15 crore and Modi government itself is standing guarantee for 80 per cent of the loan amount. All Banks have been told that one scheduled caste must benefit from this in every branch. Soon we will see a force of over 2.5 lakh scheduled caste entrepreneurs extending jobs for their brothers,” the party statement said.

Apart from Jaju and Meghwal, Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay, Organisational General Secretary Sidharthan, party MPs Ramesh Bidhuri, Meenakshi Lekhi, MLA and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, BJP SC Morcha National President Dushyant Gautam also addressed the Sammelan presided over by Delhi SC Morcha President Ramesh Kumar.

Gupta said while PM Modi pledges that Dalits have first right to government resources in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government is all out to deny the benefits to them.