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'Give OBC quota first to non-creamy layer'

A Parliamentary Committee has said that OBC quota in Govt-aided institutes should be first given to the non-creamy layer.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 14:14 IST

The OBC quota in government-aided institutes of higher learning should be first given to the non-creamy layer and the socially and educationally backward among the minorities be taken care of through "suitable mechanism", a Parliamentary Committee has said.

The report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD on the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006 saw a dissent note by six BJP members over use of words 'Minority OBC' as they opposed religion based reservation.

"The Committee arrived at the conclusion that at the first instance reservation should be given to the non-creamy layer of OBC candidates. After admitting such non-creamy layer candidates, if OBC vacancies remain unfilled, these may be filled up from the creamy layer in order of merit," the report said.

The report was presented by its Chairman Janardan Dwivedi in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

"We, the members of BJP fully support the 27 per cent reservation for socially and educationally backward classes based on caste but we oppose the religion based reservation which is neither conforming to the Constitution nor in the interest of Backward classes," the dissent note said.

The BJP members said they already recorded oral protest against the amendment—special attention towards minority OBCs—and "we do fully oppose the above amendment".

First Published: Dec 01, 2006 14:14 IST