The contentious creamy layer issue, currently embroiled in a judiciary-versus-legislature debate, figured in the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD on Thursday.
Veerappa Moily — who headed the Oversight Committee tasked with defining a roadmap to implement the 27 per cent OBC quota in educational institutions — made a presentation to the standing committee. He told the 31-member standing committee about the recommendations of the Oversight Committee, the roadmap prescribed and deliberations on different issues related to the reservation issue. Moily also referred to the sample studies sponsored by the Oversight Committee in four southern states on the creamy layer issue. Kerala is the only state where the creamy layer concept is applicable in reservation for admission to educational institutions; the other states do not apply any exclusion rule for implementing reservation.
After the presentation, the standing committee reportedly asked Moily to submit a “comprehensive note” on the creamy layer issue to it before the next meeting, which is slated to be held before mid-November.
The standing committee is expected to submit its report in the winter session of Parliament, starting on November 27. The views of its members on the creamy layer issue are not yet known, though it is believed the MPs will toe stated party lines.
According to sources, committee members also deliberated on the different clauses of the bill and stressed the need to fine-tune some of them.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who was recently inducted into the panel, however, did not attend the meeting. He had attended the earlier meeting held in mid-October.
The standing committee had on Wednesday heard the opinions of S Rathnavel Pandian, chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes, and Mohammed Hamid Ansari, who heads the National Commission for Minorities.
A Bill providing 27 per cent OBC reservation in aided institutions was introduced in Parliament on August 24 last and was referred to the committee.