SC order seeking OBC Bill report discussed
The issue of the Court's order on Monday was "mentioned" at the meeting but there was no detailed discussion.india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 15:42 IST
The Supreme Court order seeking a Parliamentary report on the OBC reservation bill came up at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the HRD Ministry in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The issue of the Court's order on Monday was "mentioned" at the meeting but there was no detailed discussion on the issue, sources said.
Refusing to elaborate on the issue, they, however, asserted that the Standing Committees were part of Parliament and its reports could be tabled only in Parliament.
However, the sources said that the meeting discussed "how to go about" the implementation of the OBC reservation. A Bill providing for 27 per cent OBC reservation in aided institutions was introduced in Parliament on August 24 and referred to the Committee.
They said the Committee would hear the views of Veerappa Moily, who headed the Oversight Committee that went into the issue of preparing a roadmap for the implementation of the quota regime, as also the officials of SC and ST Commission and experts before formulating its report.
The report would be tabled in Parliament after two or three sittings, sources said adding that HRD Minister Arjun Singh also wrote to the Committee earlier suggesting that there should be discussion on the issue with all stakeholders.
Several political parties had criticised the apex court order asking for the report of the Standing Committee on the OBC quota saying this "encroached" on the rights of the legislature.
The committee discussed the legislation concerning amendment to the Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act.