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SC's refusal to vacate stay on quota not a setback: Arjun

The government maintains that the apex court refusal to vacate its stay on implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota is not a setback.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2007 16:11 IST

The government on Wednesday maintained that the Supreme Court refusal to vacate its stay on implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota was not a setback.

"The delay was not on our part. At every stage we were eager to get the matter resolved. Now we will see what can be done", HRD Minister Arjun Singh said when asked to react to the apex court decision.

Asked whether the apex court decision was a setback, he said he would not say it was a setback and the court has not rejected it.

"Obviously. We don't think they will celebrate. The ministry is trying to do what is correct," Singh said when asked whether the OBC students would be disappointed with the court decision.

Asked whether the programme to expand the infrastructure in the institutions of higher learning would go ahead, he said that the government would have to examine the issue.

Replying to another question on the fate of OBC students who have already secured admission this year in some institutions, he said it was entirely for the institutions to decide as "those who have been admitted have been admitted."

To a question whether the Centre would make a fresh plea for early resolution of the matter in the court, Singh said "why should we anticipate that it will take that long. I don't think it will take that long. I am quite sure there may be a judgement".