Cutting across party lines, members in the Lok Sabha on Thursday supported a bill proposing reservation for students of other backward classes in central educational institutions but differed on the implementation process.
BJP members wanted the reservation to be extended to minority institutions and favoured the exclusion of certain castes which have progressed after implementation of Mandal Commission's recommendations.
On the other hand, UPA constituents, including Congress, wanted reservation for Muslims as well and its implementation in one go.
Initiating the discussion on Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006, Rasa Singh Rawat (BJP) urged the government to extend provisions of the bill to minority institutions.
He said since the implementation of the Mandal report, state governments have been including more and more castes in the OBC list and no caste has been excluded.
KV Thangabalu (Congress) urged the government to set up a Ministry for OBCs, besides additional budgetary support for welfare schemes for them.
RJD's Devendra Prasad Yadav demanded that provisions of the bill, when it becomes a law, should be implemented in one go and not in phases. He said there should be no exclusion of creamy layer from reservation benefits.
DMK's A Krishnaswamy requested the government to extend reservation benefits to the private sector also. Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD) demanded the legislation be put under Scheduled Nine in order to place it beyond judicial review.
Calling for quality, quantity and equity in education, Sujan Chakraborty (CPI-M) said there was reservation of the rich in higher education as it was only this section which could pay the high capitation fees in these institutions.
He demanded exclusion of the 'creamy layer' from the quota and sought its implementation in private educational bodies also.
Karan Singh Yadav (Congress) wanted stringent laws to implement the quota and introduction of a penalty clause along with provisions for monitoring the implementation in educational institutions across the country.
He also sought introduction of reservation in super-speciality fields too. Dharmendra Pradhan (BJP) said merit was not being compromised through quotas and gave the example of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in implementing reservation for the past several years.
M Ramadoss (PMK) and L Ganesan (MDMK) said growth process without social justice was meaningless and demanded that the provision of increasing seats annually should not be allowed to become an alibi for non-implementation of the quota system.