Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today paid rich tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar saying that he converted the idea of social justice into reality through constitutional provisions.
This, Chavan said, was Ambedkar's biggest contribution to strengthening the Parliamentary democracy in the country.
Addressing Congress workers during a function to mark the 120th birth anniversary of the father of Constitution, the Chief Minister said Indian constitution had provisions for amendments because of which several laws could be implemented to bring the deprived and neglected sections of the society into the national mainstream.
"It was because of the Constitution that Indian democracy is thriving unlike in other countries where democracy never took shape," he said.
According to Chavan, through reservations like the 50 per cent quota for women in local bodies, the deprived and neglected sections get political empowerment. However, economic empowerment cannot come through legislations, "we all know that even though there are laws for social justice, implementation faces a lot of hurdles," he added.
Chavan said the government has decided to undertake a programme beginning from today to fill in the backlog of the backward class recruitment in government service. "Over the years, due to ban on recruitment in government service, the backlog of reservations had accumulated," he noted.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre said the party has decided to observe the coming year as "social justice year" at the village, taluka, district and state level.
"Party workers and leaders are expected to organise various programmes for uplift of backward classes, handicapped, women and other deprived and neglected sections of the society we have to make sure that these sections feel that Congress is with them through our actions," he said.