Panel dispels 'rumour' on Quota Bill
"It never suggested postponement of introduction of Reservation Bill in the coming monsoon session," Moily said.india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 03:22 IST
The Oversight Committee to prepare the roadmap for implementation of reservation in elite educational institutions on Thursday said it never suggested postponement of introduction of the Quota Bill in the coming monsoon session of Parliament.
"I myself personally or the Oversight Committee has at no point of time recommended or even suggested the postponement of the Bill," Committee Chairman Veerappa Moily said in a press release.
After the Committee's meeting on June 15, Moily had said that he had a discussion with HRD Minister Arjun Singh and hinted that the Ministry may postpone finalisation of the draft Bill till it submits its interim report by middle of next month.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, whose PMK party is a strong supporter of the 27 per cent OBC reservation in elite educational institutions, met Arjun Singh on Thursday.
There was no official word on what was discussed during the meeting but sources in the Health Ministry described it as a courtesy call by Ramadoss on Singh who was indisposed after his recent visit abroad.
Ramadoss' meeting with Singh comes close on the heels of CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury's discussion with the HRD minister when he was understood to have conferred on the creamy layer issue relating to reservation.