Supreme court stays OBC quotas
Well, the breaking news here in India is that the Supreme Court has stayed the 27 percent OBC (Backward classes) reservation quota which the government wanted to implement via the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Act of 2006. The complete explanation of the quota system is given here.
The 2006 OBC quota system, if implemented, meant that almost 50 percent of seats in educational institutions would be not be based on merit, something unheard of anywhere in the world. This is because reservation already exists for the SC and ST (Scheduled Castes and Tribes).
However some states (Tamil Nadu) have had this 50 percent reservation system in place for years – but with the new law elite central government educational institutions like the IIT’s, IIM’s and AIIMS were to come under its purview.
The Supreme court’s objection? That the 1931 census “cannot be a determinative factor for identifying the OBCs for the purpose of providing quota.” Shockingly, according to The Bench of Justices (Arijit and Pasayat and L S Panta) who delivered the ruling, no data on OBC’s has been collected in the last 76 years!
To take such a momentus decision, with such far reaching consequences, and not even bother to provide proper documentation to back up their new reservation policies?
The Supreme Court has also said that caste based reservations will divide this country. Obviously the court is against caste based quotas on principle.
The government is apparently going to take ‘constitutional and legal’ measures to fix this problem. I wonder what measures they plan to take? Any rational man, even if he has sympathy for the poor cannot think of caste based quotas as a fair solution. The reservations apply to caste only, not poor disadvantaged people. If there is to be reservation in this country, why can’t it be for those who are poor and disadvantaged, be they Christians, Hindus or Muslims? Right now these so-called caste based reservations which include even rich people, are biased in favour of the Hindus. Even rich Hindus can take advantage of it. Totally senseless.
(Photo sourced from IBN)
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