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Navjot Sidhu raps Govt over reservation issue

The cricketer-turned-politician said the need of the hour was to ameliorate the socially weaker sections and not resort to "vote-bank" politics.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 21:00 IST

Describing the UPA government's proposal to increase reservation in educational institutions as "socially divisive", Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu on Wednesday said the need of the hour was to ameliorate the socially weaker sections and not resort to "vote-bank" politics.

The move is "socially divisive, smacking of political opportunism and running contrary to the image of a progressive India," Sidhu said in a release.

The need of the hour was to ameliorate the socially weaker and backward classes of India and not resort to vote bank politics and gimmicks like the UPA Government is attempting to do, he said.

"The reservations, instead of eradicating the problem have actually ended up exacerbating it," he said.

Observing that it would be a great folly to compromise on the intellectual reservoir of a country, he said, "instead the Government should frame legislation to create a special fund to provide totally free education, school uniforms, textbooks and meals to poor scheduled caste students."

Sidhu said the Government should also take steps to frame rules whereby caste, creed or religion of a student or Government employee was not divulged and he is identified only by a numeric number for matters of admission in educational institutions or promotion in Government jobs.

"This would remove any bias, since the person would be judged on merit alone."

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 20:30 IST