Debating India

All OBCs on a par, says Union Cabinet

Friday 8 December 2006

Special Correspondent

Rejects parliamentary panel’s recommendation Bill will be put up for consideration and passage this session: Dasmunsi

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday rejected a Parliamentary Standing Committee’s recommendation that the non-creamy layer within the Other Backward Classes be accommodated first while extending reservation to them in Central educational institutions.

Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said: "The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006 will be put up for consideration and passage this session with some small amendments suggested by the Standing Committee."

As for the major recommendation of a calibrated approach on the creamy layer issue, he said the Cabinet was of the view that all OBCs, irrespective of their economic status and religion, should be treated on a par and given 27 per cent reservation in Central educational institutions.

In its report tabled in Parliament last week, the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development said: "After admitting such non-creamy layer candidates, if the OBC vacancies remain unfilled, these may be filled up from the creamy layer in order of merit."

On the other amendments, the Minister refused to elaborate, saying that certain consequential changes suggested by the committee would be made to the Bill. "They are minor and of a technical nature."

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on the last day of the monsoon session and referred to the committee.

Three other Bills

Three other Bills of the HRD Ministry will also be put up for consideration and passage after factoring in some minor changes suggested by the committee.

They are: The Sikkim University Bill for setting up a new varsity, the Tripura University Bill and the Rajiv Gandhi University Bill, both of which seek to convert the existing varsities into Central universities.

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