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Government to decide on OBC quota issues

The government will decide on the contentious issues on OBC quota including creamy layer.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 15:43 IST

The ball is now in the government's court to decide on the contentious issues on OBC quota including creamy layer with the Moily Committee submitting its final report to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The committee headed by former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily was assigned the task of preparing a roadmap for implementing quota for OBCs in elite central educational institutions.

"The report has been submitted to the PMO and Moily has sought time from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a presentation on the report," sources in the committee said.

After finalising the report at a meeting on September 27, Moily had suggested a review of implementation of reservation policy every five and ten years but left a decision on the controversial issue of "creamy layer" to the government.

The committee's decision to leave the creamy layer issue untouched assumes significance in view of divergent views expressed by political parties. While CPI(M) favoured exclusion of creamy layer in the quota regime, UPA's southern allies like DMK and PMK strongly advocated its inclusion.

The prime minister had recently admitted that a consensus on how to handle the creamy layer concept in reservations continues to elude his coalition government. "As of now, we do not have a consensus, he had said.