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Committee on quota likely to give interim report

The Oversight Committee headed by Veerappa Moily is contemplating to give an interim report to the Govt.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 18:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Going ahead with its mandate to fine-tune measures for implementing 27 per cent quota for OBCs in elite educational institutions, the Oversight Committee headed by senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily is contemplating to give an interim report to the government.

"We are thinking of giving an interim report to the government. We have to do a lot of advanced planning before implementation of reservation by 2007 academic year," Moily, former Karnataka Chief Minister, said.

Talking to reporters after the committee meeting, he said a national colloquium would be organised on July three in order to discuss the pros and cons of the measures and build a knowledge society.

Nearly 40 to 50 eminent academics and other experts would take part in the colloquium and the theme paper would be finalised in the next meeting on June 15.

The Committee also proposes to open a website for inviting views in order to have a national consensus, he said adding "there will not be any friction or conflict. It is possible to implement it".

Admitting that there were problems with regard to infrastructure and faculty to meet the situation, he said the Committee was keen on finding solutions to those problems.

"We do appreciate. There are problems and there are obstacles. If we adopt innovative methods, these could be overcome", he said.

Replying to a question, Moily said by August 31, the Committee would give its report and before that "we are planning to give an interim report".

Asked whether the committee would also give its opinion the creamy layer issue, Moily said "we are not very much concerned about creamy layer. It is for the government to take a view. I do not think we should rake up the issue whether creamy layer or no creamy layer. If government wants our opinion, we may give."

Moving quickly to bring an end to the anti-reservation agitation by medicos and doctors, government had last month announced a 13-member committee headed by Moily to look into the issue of implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher education institutions and requirements for increasing seats without reducing the number in general category.

Approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Oversight Committee with secretaries from the ministries of HRD, Health and Family Welfare, Agriculture and Finance, has been asked to sumit its report by August 31, this year.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 18:09 IST