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Stay cool, but no rollback of quota proposal: Arjun

Making his stand clear, the HRD Minister in LS dismissed allegations of a personal agenda being pushed on the issue.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 20:52 IST

Amidst raging controversy over reservation, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday dismissed allegations of a "personal agenda" being pushed by him on the issue and said Government was committed to implementation of the Constitutional Amendment providing for quota for OBCs in elite educational institutions.

"A canard is being spread by a certain section of the people that objective of this Government and this House (Lok Sabha) is being hijacked by me as my personal agenda," Singh said during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.

"I want to assure the House and everybody that the UPA government and I, as a servant of this Government, will see that the 93rd Amendment of the Constitution giving reservation to SCs/STs and OBCs in private and unaided institutions is implemented," he said.

Referring to the police action on protesters, Singh said "I do not support it as everybody has a right to place his or her view in a peaceful manner."

He, however, said there could not be any other view on reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions but the question was how to implement it.

There were several suggestions and the Government was looking at them with an open mind and would soon come out with a comprehensive roadmap on the issue, the Minister said.

Refusing to give any time frame for its implementation, he said this was not an issue to take forward or backward a particular section of society but to maintain a balance among all sections.

Singh appealed to the people to think with a cool mind, as this was not a matter to get provoked or to indulge in violence.

"This will neither help any individual or state," he said.

Making an appeal on behalf of the House to agitating students to withdraw their stir, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the agitation would not help them and the country.

The Government was yet to take any decision on the issue and was studying various proposals, he said adding, "let us wait for the decision."

Observing the commitment (with regard to reservation in higher educational institutions) was made by Parliament (through the 93rd amendment to the Constitution), the HRD Minister said if this decision could not be implemented, then what was the justification in getting it approved by the legislature.

First Published: May 16, 2006 10:15 IST