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Creamy layer splits Moily panel

THE VEERAPPA Moily committee on the OBC reservation issue is divided on the issue of the creamy layer. Three members ---- Planning Commission member B.C. Mungerkar, UGC chairperson S.K. Thorat and AICTE vice-chairperson R A Yadav --- want that the final report of the panel should completely skirt the contentious issue, Moily has reportedly overruled them.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 13:34 IST

THE VEERAPPA Moily committee on the OBC reservation issue is divided on the issue of the creamy layer. Three members ---- Planning Commission member B.C. Mungerkar, UGC chairperson S.K. Thorat and AICTE vice-chairperson R A Yadav --- want that the final report of the panel should completely skirt the contentious issue, Moily has reportedly overruled them.

In the two-day national consultations held earlier this week, Moily said the committee would present its 'considered view' on the creamy layer issue in the final report.

Members opposing him contended that the committee can't deliberate on the creamy layer, as it is not in the committee's terms of reference.

Moily has, however, favoured an open-ended approach against a restrictive one. All the issues under 27 per cent OBC quote regime can be deliberated by the committee, he said. "We have to submit our recommendations, the final decision is of the government," he had said on Tuesday.

The creamy layer has left the Indian political class divided. Parties like RJD, LJP, DMK and PMK forced the HRD ministry to expunge any mention of the issue from the OBC reservation bill placed before in the Cabinet, while agreeing for staggered implementation.

The Left Front has opposed giving the benefits of reservation to the privileged among the OBCs. "To be fair to people from weaker background, creamy layer should be kept out," he said, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury has said.

Further discussions on the issue is likely to take place in the Parliamentary standing committee, to which the OBC reservation bill has been referred. The committee headed by Janardhan Diwedi of the Congress has vocal Left members like Basudeb Acharaya.

Meanwhile, the oversight committee has rejected a demand by IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Khozikode to allow four years to implement the quota regime. "We have asked them to submit a roadmap to implement quota in three years," a member said.