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Panel to seek briefing on reservation

The committee wants to know the basis of Moily committee's reservation judgement, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 19:54 IST

Oversight committee is expected to make a presentation before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD ministry on 27 per cent OBC reservation in first week of November.

The standing committee at its meeting on Wednesday decided to seek a briefing on OBC reservation and other related issues from Moily committee, National Commission for Backward Castes and National Commission for Minority Education Institutions.

The committee wants to know the basis on which the Moily committee has reached its inference on different issues including creamy layer. "They have done an exhaustive work and the committee members would like them to enlighten us on the issue," a committee member said.

Moily had submitted the Oversight committee’s final report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 30. The committee had made wide ranging recommendations including institute wise road map for implementation for OBC reservation and opening of new IITs and IIMs. The government is still deliberating on the committee’s report.

The backward castes commission would be asked about status of OBCs and other weaker sections in the country and their educational problems. Similarly, the minority education commission will provide details on status of minority education in the country.

The next meeting of the committee is slated for November 1 and 2 in Delhi. The HRD ministry officials are also expected to submit their view points on the issue at the meeting.

According to the member, the committee wants to receive views of different stakeholders on the issue and the draft bill before finalising its report. "We may be able to reach a decision on in three to four sittings," he added.

The committee is expected to submit its report in December to the Parliament. "We will do your job at the earliest at the HRD ministry will have to redraft the bill in wake of your recommendations to implement reservation from the next academic year," he said.

First Published: Oct 22, 2006 19:54 IST