Anti-quota protesters have heaved a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court announced the exclusion of the creamy layer from the ambit of reservation.
“It is definitely a partial victory for us. The decision to withdraw the creamy layer from receiving the benefits of reservation is definitely good, as most politicians were reluctant to part with it,” said Dr Anil Sharma, spokesperson for Youth For Equality.
“Secondly, the decision for periodic review of the list of beneficiaries is also good news as there is a check on those availing the benefits.”
Sharma said there were still some loopholes like the inclusion criteria that can be challenged. “Similarly, the criteria for the needy is yet to be identified and remains open for several interpretations,” he added.
“We are not opposed to reservation as long as it goes to those who deserve it. Reservation for the OBCs is very much a part of the Constitution, but those benefiting from it have so far been the privileged lot,” said a resident doctor.
He added that several of his batchmates were wards of SC/ST officials and ministers who did not need to come through reservation but still availed of the benefit.
The resident doctors’ association at AIIMS, however, reserved its comments till the government released its list of beneficiaries. “We are still waiting for the government’s response and shall only take a stance then. We, however, are willing to fight for our rights if the decision still favours the privileged,” said Dr Kumar Harsh, president of the association.