A public interest litigation was filed in the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday against the government’s decision to hold blood camps across the state to mark the birth anniversary of Jan Sangh leader Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhay on Sept 25.
The day coincides with the festival of Bakri Id and many minority organisations have criticised the move saying it would deprive Muslim employees from celebrating their biggest festival with their families.
However, the government has made the participation of the government employees specially teachers and health officials in these camps, voluntary.
The PIL was filed by the ‘Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity.’ The forum members say :”We had no choice but to approach the High court. We had sought an appointment with the Chief Secretary but there was no response from him.”
The forum’s state president Sawai Singh said that the BJP government was “deliberately” making issues to create resentment amongst the minority community.
The members also say the government’s move is against Constitutional rights of the citizens of India as now employees will have to be engaged in arrangements for the blood donation camps on September 25 and also on days prior to that. And the employees would have to take due permission from their seniors to take leave on that day or prior to that.
Sawai Singh said : “When Id is a gazetted holiday, why would people have to make special request and take permission for their rightful holiday. And it applies to all citizens of India.”
The forum members say the government in its order has also instructed principals to not to grant any employees leaves a day before, on September 24.
Commissioner of College Education Rajendra Sharma had said in an order, that the government holiday on Id is unchanged but some employees in colleges will have to be deployed in arrangements of holding the camps on September 25.
He had added that “It is for the principal of individual college to decide which employee will be engaged in arrangements.”
Raje government would be holding several camps blood donation camps with participation of all the government and private colleges, technical, art colleges on September 25. The government has released a list today which lists the number of colleges at 40.
The government has also issued orders for the principals, teachers and even NCC instructors to see that more and more number of students participate in these blood camps.
Pt Deen Dayal Updhayay, who was born on Sept 25, 1916 in Mathura district, is considered an important leader of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, the forerunner of BJP.