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Govt committed to giving quota to OBCs: PM

Singh said a bill would be brought in Parliament in next session.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 21:07 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that the Centre was committed to providing reservation for OBCs in educational institutions and that a bill would be brought in Parliament in the monsoon session.

"As you would be aware, the matter has been recently discussed in detail by the UPA Coordination Committee," Singh said while replying to a letter from Karunanidhi.

The Prime Minister said "as also decided in the meeting of the coordination committee an appropriate Bill will be brought in Parliament in the forthcoming monsoon session."

Singh said in accordance with a decision taken at the meeting "we are in the process of constituting an 'oversight' committee as well as committees for different categories of educational institutions to examine the requirement of additional infrastructure, including teachers and suggest a road-map for expansion of capacities in institutes of higher learning."

"I have urged all concerned to take necessary steps as expeditiously as possible to fulfil our common commitment to the OBCs," the Prime Minister said in his letter, a copy of which was released to the press on Wednesday.

Karunanidhi in his May 22 letter to Singh had requested the Prime Minister to issue an ordinance for implementing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes in IITs, IIMs and AIIMS.

First Published: May 31, 2006 20:37 IST