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GoM report ready; rallyists caned in Patna

THE GOVERNMENT is ready with a draft bill providing for a graduated enhancement of seats in central and private unaided education institutions. It believes this will help extend quota to the weaker sections without upsetting the general category students.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 01:23 IST

THE GOVERNMENT is ready with a draft bill providing for a graduated enhancement of seats in central and private unaided education institutions. It believes this will help extend quota to the weaker sections without upsetting the general category students.

The draft bill will now have to be run through other political parties when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invites them for discussions on the issue early next week. Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday the report of the GoM he heads will reach the PM on Saturday.

The GoM's proposal for a staggered increase in seats over four years might come into force from July if it passes muster with the anti-reservation protesters. The hike in the number of seats per institution will depend on the infrastructure and the faculty strength it has or is able to augment over the next two or three years.

Based on the proposed law, several existing legislations governing institutes set up by Acts of Parliament will have to be brought in line with the quota regime. 

The package is unlikely to be brought in the shape of an ordinance. "But we want to act quickly. The anti- and the pro-lobbies have to be convinced that their interests are secure,'' said a senior minister.

Medical students protesting against the quota in Delhi have made it clear that only a roll-back will do. In Patna, pro-quota medical students at PMCH beat up policemen and journalists, leading to a lathicharge. Over 50 people, including students, were injured.