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?Report on OBC quota by Sept 15?

VEERAPPA MOILY, chairman of the Oversight Committee on reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions, said on Saturday that the last round of consultation on the issue was held on August 27 and 28, and the committee would submit its report by September 15.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 13:10 IST

VEERAPPA MOILY, chairman of the Oversight Committee on reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions, said on Saturday that the last round of consultation on the issue was held on August 27 and 28, and the committee would submit its report by September 15.

Moily, who was here to attend a seminar on administrative reforms at the Judicial Academy, said that reservation in elite educational institutions like the IITs, IIMs and AIIMS is a sensitive issue and therefore the Oversight Committee held consultations with all the states, experts and eminent persons from different walks of life before preparing its report and in the process the report got delayed.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, he said, “The Congress has a method of doing things. We do not want to bulldoze things like the BJP or V P Singh regime in terms of implementation of Mandal Commission. We wished to give space to everyone and feel the sense of entire nation on the reservation issue.

But the Congress is committed to the cause of backward classes and there could be no greater proof of this than the fact that first amendment in the Constitution of India was for reservation to backward classes”.    He further said that reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions is a question of expansion, inclusion and excellence and not benefiting any section to the exclusion of the rest.

He further said that 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in elite educational institutions might sound an easy thing to speak but it would take a lot of meticulous working to implement.

Moily, who is also the Chairman of Administrative Reforms Commission, further said that the Commission has already submitted two reports on right to information and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to the Prime Minister and the third report on crisis management (both natural and manmade) would be submitted later this month.

The fourth report on ethics in governance would be submitted on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, he added.  “The Prime Minister has already put recommendations of the first two reports on fast track of implementation”, he said.