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Quota stir: Arjun Singh meets the Prime Minister

There was no official word on what transpired at the meeting between the two leaders.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 18:46 IST

HRD Minister Arjun Singh, proactive on the issue of reservation, had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, ahead of his parleys with the striking medicos opposing OBC quota in central educational institutions.

There was no official word on what transpired at the meeting between the two leaders.

Asked specifically whether the HRD Minister, who is under attack from the medicos, was also present during the talks the strikers had with the Prime Minister, PM's Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru said "he was not there".

Baru said that during the talks between the medicos and the Prime Minister, AIIMS Director P Venugopal, Union Health Secretary PK Hota and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minsiter TKA Nair were also present.

The separate meeting between the HRD Minister and the Prime Minister came close on the heels of the Ministry sending a proposal to the PMO for constituting an Oversight Committee for drawing up a time bound roadmap for implementing the 27 per cent quota regime.

The terms of reference and the composition of the committee would also have to receive the nod from the Prime Minister.

The task acquired urgency given the fact the Committee would have to submit its report by August 31 taking into account the suggestions from academics and administrators as the UPA decided to introduced the quota from June, 2007, start of the next academic session.

The HRD Minister had said on Thursday that the quota would be implemented "in one go" and will be applied to existing number of seats in all centrally-aided educational institutes.

First Published: May 26, 2006 18:46 IST