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OBC quota | 'Bring legislation immediately'

Pro-quota parties said that not doing so would close 'doors of opportunities' of education and employment to OBCs.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 02:33 IST

Pro-reservation parties have asked the Centre to bring the enabling legislation to implement the 27 per cent OBC quota in elite educational institutions in the coming Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

The parties, in a resolution adopted at a National Seminar on Social Justice for OBCs, asked the government to bring the legislation with 'greater alacrity and urgency'.

"The legislation for implementing this policy should be brought before the Parliament in the ensuing Monsoon session without any further discussion or debate and without subjecting to the influence of any vested interests," the resolution said.

Recalling that the previous governments had not implemented the recommendations of Kaka Kalekar Commission and Mandal Commission, the parties lamented that this closed the "doors of opportunities" of education and employment to OBCs and thus "banned their entry into the temples of learning and livelihood".

Enlarging the scope of their stand on quota, the parties also raised their voice for reservation in the private sector, judiciary and media and demanded immediate legislation in this regard.

While they demanded the legislation for quota in private sector in the Monsoon Session, the resolution did not specify a timeframe for implementing reservation in media and judiciary.

Pitching for reservations in the private sector, the resolution reminded the government that in the context of liberalised economy the job sector in the public sphere was shrinking while it was booming in the private sector.

Noting that countries like the United States, South Africa and Malaysia have quota in private sector, the resolution reminded the ruling coalition that with a clear mandate of the Common Minimum Programme in hand "there was no need for any further dialogue either with industry or anybody else".

The media came in for sharp criticism as the resolution lamented the role played by it in the recent anti-reservation agitation and said that the protests were "media hyped".

It said that quota in media was a constitutional "imperative" and that as majority of the media was in private sector, it viewed reservation as a "compulsory need" to implement in this sector.

In judiciary, the resolution argued that justice can be ensured only if judges belonging to different sections of the society were appropriately represented.

Emphasising that the OBCs who have entered the government services in the absence of reservation policy were at a disadvantage at the stage of promotion, the parties requested the government to pass necessary orders providing reservation in promotion to OBC employees.