Reservations on quota
Arjun Singh?s initiative to empower the backward classes shows complete lack of groundwork. His reasons are all very well, but his methodology not supportable.india Updated: May 22, 2006 00:58 IST
Arjun Singh’s initiative to empower the backward classes shows complete lack of groundwork. His reasons are all very well, but his methodology not supportable. Addressing the problems of primary education is the solution. Quotas at higher levels will lead to further discrimination.
To meet the challenge of equal education for all, alternative forms of affirmative action have to be considered. Creating special institutions for the backward classes, giving weightage to economic backwardness, seeking gender parity, working out transparent admission criteria and making a minimum period of national service compulsory for those seeking admission to reputed management/technology institutes, would be useful measures.
Sudhir S. Kodkani
Politicians should start with the reservation module right at top of the hierarchy in central and state cabinets, political parties, governing bodies, in Parliament and state legislatures. They disregard the simple task of setting up institutions of higher learning reserved for these categories where they can be taught at their own pace and they don’t feel discriminated against.
The reservation deadline keeps getting extended in the past 57 years. The underprivileged should be provided free education and additional care to empower them. Once a person avails of this facility, his next generation should not be allowed to avail the facility.
The quota system doesn’t help any section of society. If the government wants to help backward classes, it should make greater efforts at the junior school level.
No political party is ready to take a stand against reservations for fear of losing votes even though they would agree that the time has come to end caste-based reservations.
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