UPA government has tabled the controversial reservation bill in the Lok Sabha granting 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Central educational institutions from 2007. Despite all the voice raised against the bill,which does not define anything about the creamy layer in OBCs, the bill has been tabled today.
The matter is under sub-judice and the Verappa Moily committee will submit its report on the nature of the bill on August 31. UPA government has its own way that shown no respect for the judiciary and for the committee that is examining the content of the bill.
The HRD Minister Arjun Singh has tabled the bill before the Lok Sabha.
This bill entails that the creamy layer, which had been a cause of disagreement, has been included for enjoying the benefits of reservation. DMK and PMK wanted complete implementation but the CPI (M) was against inclusion on creamy layer in reserved category.
According to the new bill, 27 per cent seats reservation for OBCs in admission in the Central educational institutions besides 15 per cent for SCs and 7.5 per cent for STs.
Main points of Quota Bill–
# There is no detail given for the creamy layer,
# There is no quota in few Post doctoral research institutes,
# There are nineteen institutions are exempted from reservations such as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and its ten other constitute units such as Homi Bhabha National Institute, BARC, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam.
# The TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore comes under nine other institutes where there will be no reservation.
# The Bill’s provisions will not be applicable to the minority educational institutions.
# There is the provision in the bill that says seats would be increased in any department cannot be fewer than the number of seats available the previous academic session.
# If the department will not be able to increase the seats in an academic session there should be a notification in an official gazette that it will increase the seats within three years.
The Bill is expected to be considered in the winter session of Parliament and presently it would be sent to the standing committee of the parliament. Why did the government exclude some 19 post-doctoral institutes from reservation is a big question.
It clearly shows that they are not going to take any risk with the most important institutions of India. However, one thing has been cleared that the government itself does feel that there is a certain risk, and what kind of risk they would be knowing better.