MIC Youth today asked the government to allocate at least 10 per cent of local council contract jobs such as maintenance and landscaping to Indian contractors.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan also said the wing proposed that the government create another class of contractors, similar to the Class F contractor for Bumiputeras, for the Indian community.

MIC Youth would write to the government on the matter next week, he told reporters after a meeting of the MIC Youth supreme council at the party headquarters here.

Mohan said these measures, when implemented, would help raise the living standard and equity ownership of the Indian community.

"These measures will help raise the income of the Indians and increase the purchasing power of the community," he said.

Mohan also said MIC Youth supported the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that he was working towards the gradual liberalisation of the New Economic Policy, which was replaced by the National Development Policy in 1991.