Rejecting the creamy layer argument on reservation for OBCs, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday asked the Centre to take all necessary steps to make social backwardness the sole deciding factor.
Delivering his customary address to the state assembly, which was boycotted by AIADMK, MDMK and the Left parties, Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said "this government urges the UPA government to take all necessary steps to ensure that social backwardness is the sole criterion for reservation, so that, irrespective of economic status (creamy layer), everyone belonging to the backward communities is able to enjoy the benefits of reservation."
He also asked the Centre to declare Dalit Christians as Scheduled Caste and concede their demand in this regard.
Barnala said "in addition, this government also requests the Union Government to consider the recommendations of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission to provide reservation for backward Muslims at the national level and make necessary announcement in this regard".
On the Sri Lanka Tamils issue, Barnala urged the Centre to take appropriate alternative measures like dialogue without any further delay, so as to establish peace and protect Sri Lanka Tamils, who were suffering every day, having been deprived of safety to their lives and property and the right to live in their own land.