Quota implementation in one go, says Arjun Singh

This is in sharp contrast to Kapil Sibal's remark that the 27% reservation for the OBCs will be implemented in phases.
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Updated on May 25, 2006 11:32 PM IST
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In contrast to Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal's remark that the 27 per cent quota for OBCs will be implemented in phases from the next academic session, Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh has said it will be done "in one go".

"The 27 per cent reservation for OBCs will be implemented in one go from 2007," he said in an interview, according to a press release issued on Thursday by a television news channel.

Singh said the quota will be applied to existing number of seats in all centrally aided educational institutes.

He also said, "There is no relation between reservation and increasing number of seats."

Singh also said the HRD Ministry will send its final proposal on reservation to the Union cabinet in next ten days.

For this, a Bill will be brought in the monsoon session of Parliament, the Minister said adding he expected the bill to be passed by August 31.

Singh said no compensation would be given to private colleges against reservation but state governments were advised to impose reservation in private institutes.

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