Reservation to be implemented in 'one go': Arjun
May 25, 2006
In contrast to Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal's remark that the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes will be implemented in phases from the next academic session, Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh has said it will be done in 'one go.'
"The 27 per cent reservation for OBCs will be implemented in one go from 2007," he said in an interview to television news channel Awaaz.
The minister said the quota will be applied to existing number of seats in all centrally aided educational institutes.
There is no relation between reservation and increasing number of seats, he said, adding that the HRD Ministry will send its final proposal on reservation to the Union Cabinet in the next ten days.
A bill in this regard will be introduced during the Monsoon session of Parliament, the minister said, adding that he expected the bill to be passed by August 31.
Singh said no compensation would be given to private colleges against reservation but state governments were advised to impose reservation in private institutes.
Continuance of anti-quota stir smacks of upper caste bias: CPI(M)
26 May, 2006, PTI
New Delhi: The CPI(M) today said continuance of the anti-quota agitation despite UPA's "balanced" approach on the reservation issue "clearly smacks of a blatant upper caste bias" that has been "ably assisted by a section of the media".
Besides bringing in the 93rd amendment to the Constitution to provide for 27 per cent reservation to OBCs, the UPA and the Left parties had earlier this week decided to "expand facilities in all educational institutions under the central government to ensure that there is no reduction in the seats available under the general category", Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said in an editorial in coming issue of CPI(M) organ 'People's Democracy'.
"If this (anti-reservation) strike is continuing, then, clearly, its objective is not a protest against the potential decrease in the seats for the general category but its aim seems to be to oppose reservations altogether", he said.
After going along with UPA at the Centre on reservation for OBCs in central educational institutions, Yechury asked the government to allay the apprehensions of general category students that their prospects would not be affected by the proposed legislation.
"The fears that such reservations will adversely affect the prospect of general category students must be allayed with the expansion of facilities," he said