I don't deserve credit for reservation: VP Singh
The man who had come in for a lot of flak for implementing the quota system in Govt jobs speaks up.india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 23:11 IST
Former Prime Minister VP Singh, who had come in for a lot of flak over reservation in government jobs, on Saturday said he was given "undue credit" for it.
He also criticised the protests against a current move to reserve seats for backward classes in institutions of higher education.
"I am getting undue credit for reservation in government jobs. I was only a small link in a chain of events," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
It was in his tenure as Prime Minister that the Mandal Commission's recommendations for reserving government jobs for the backward classes was implemented, leading to violent protests.
"It was Jawaharlal Nehru who laid the foundation for the reservation. It was under Jan Sangh rule that the Mandal Commission was formed. I am only a small link in a long series of events," he said.
Criticising the opposition to the proposed hike in reservation for backward classes in educational institutions, the former Prime Minister asked why there were no protests when higher education was made unaffordable for the poor by a steep hike in fees.
"So far there has been a different kind of reservation of seats in such institutes. Hiking the fees and taking higher education out of the reach of the poor in a way means reserving seats for the affluent. But there has been no opposition to this," Singh said.
"Nobody protested when higher education was made unaffordable for the poor. But now when it is being brought within the reach of the backward classes, there is so much hue and cry," he said.