Demand for quota for Dalit Christians and Muslims raised in LS

New Delhi, Feb 25 : A range of issues including reservation in private sector, need for jobs quota to Dalit Christians and Muslims and a fair deal to refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were raised in the Lok Sabha today.

S Ajaya Kumar (CPI-M) made a strong plea that there should be reservation in private sector.

This, he said, was necessary in view of the fact that there has been privatisation of even some public sector undertakings and that the scope of reservation was thus eroding in the government sector.

K Francis George (Kerala Congress) wanted the government to accept the recommendations of the Rangnath Mishra Commission which had favoured reservation to the Dalit Christians and Muslims.

He said that economic status does not improve even if any Dalit embraced Christianity or Islam and therefore the reservation facility should be continued to such people.

His contention was supported by Iliyas Azmi (BSP) as also Jaya Prada (SP).

Congress member Lal Singh pleaded for a fair deal to the refugees from PoK, saying they have been a "neglected" lot for the past 60 years without having any citizenship rights.