'All castes must get equal opportunities'
The former PM VP Singh demanded that the Govt should double the number of seats in all higher education institutions.india Updated: May 16, 2006 18:05 IST
Former Prime Minister VP Singh, who implemented the Mandal Commission's recommendations for reservations despite widespread protests, on Tuesday said equal opportunity, should be given to all castes.
Backing the proposal for reservation for OBCs, Singh said the Government should try to look after the interest of all castes. He demanded that the government double the number of seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate all.
Asked about the ongoing anti-reservation protests by medical students and junior doctors, Singh said everyone in a democratic country had the right to protest but the interest of poor patients should not be overlooked.
He advised the protestors, especially doctors, to perform their duties and to treat patients.