Disruption in the Rajya Sabha continued for the fourth straight day, as the House failed to transact any business due to protests by members of Opposition parties, including RJD, BSP, TMC, SP and Congress, over roster system for reservation in recruitment of teachers in universities and colleges.
As the House witnessed two adjournments before calling it for the day, when the members re-assembled at 2 pm, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked them to begin discussion on motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament.
But the protesting members were on their feet demanding a discussion on the issue of roster system under Rule 267. The rule provides suspension of listed business and taking up discussion on an urgent matter.
SP member Javed Ali Khan demanded discussion on reservation issue under Rule 267 of the House while other Opposition members raised slogans.
When the Chairman did not heed to their demand saying the discussion on Motion of Thanks would go on, Opposition members trooped into the Well protesting and claiming that the new system limited the scope of reservation for jobs.
They kept on raising slogan like “anti-Dalit government will not function”, “scrap new roster system”, “we will not tolerate attack on reservation system”, “anti-reservation government will not function anymore”.
The Chair requested Opposition members to let the House function. He also assured members that the government had taken note of the issue raised by them as the minister had also replied on that.
As members refused to relent, Naidu adjourned the House for the day.
The roster system provides that the number of vacancies is considered department or wing wise in a college or university and not total number of posts available for recruitment in any institution. This results in limited seats available for recruitment by each department or wing under reserved categories.
Earlier in the morning, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm amid protest by Opposition parties, mainly SP and BSP members, over the same issue, even after the government assured them that it would file a review petition in the Supreme Court.