In a major boost to the Governments reservation policy, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Constitution amendment law providing for 27 per cent quota for OBCs in IITs, IIMs and other Central educational institutions but excluded the creamy layer from the benefit.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, made a unanimous verdict cleared the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 providing for the quota.
The parameter applied for identifying the creamy layer among the OBCs for jobs as per the office memorandum of September 8, 1993, will be applicable, the court said.
It also held as valid the exclusion of minority institutions from the ambit of quota under the Act. Besides the Chief Justice, the Bench comprised Justices Arijit Pasayat, CK Thakker, RV Raveendran and Dalveer Bhandari. read on sify analysis see video
Now that the floodgates are open expect a Tamil Nadu like situation in the future where a majority admission into premier govt and private institutions like IITs to be done by reservation, and not merit. Reservations are the safest way to divisive politics and assured vote banks, the Congress has played this game well, and i don’t expect it to shift from its stand, that too when the community based parties and parties based on minority appeasement have taken over states like UP, from the Congress. As I see it these castes are large vote banks and reservations or not politicians kids always get seats in any educational institution, as they are excluding themselves from being public servants as they are privileged vvips.
The Quota System in India has been much abused and i know of instances of very very rich people using it for getting that much coveted engineering /medical admission using the caste certificate. infact when i applied for a normal degree course, i personally witnessed a lady getting out of a chauffeur driven Merc, with her child in tow yelling to the driver to get the file carrying the coveted cast certificate so as to get her daughter that assured bc seat making me wonder about the existence of the genie called the Creamy layer.
It is not strange that the Minority institutions have been Excluded from this verdict, As i see it they are first class citizens of this country these days. I am also expecting a minority quota to be announced, so as to consolidate that coveted minority vote bank in the near future,sometime close to the announcement of the next General Elections.
Worse i don’t have a clue about how the Creamy layer will be defined or be excluded, when the whole reservation was mainly targeted at them, as plainly told by Mr Chagan Bhujbal to the media, when he demanded the criterion of 3 lakhs to be increased, that when a person earning 3 lakhs enters the highest slab of tax payment ie 30%. Most likely- and i speculate that the rules will be watered down or verification will hardly be enforced , but time will tell.
Arjun Singh the Education minister, a Rich leader from a Princely family batting for the OBCs says “This is very historic judgment. Hundreds of students belonging to OBC category will be benefited by it,I feel vindicated. I have been fighting for this when I was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. People have misunderstood reservation,” said Singh after the court’s decision.
Funnily CPIM a communist party which is supposed to be anti religion is also for it as published in its unofficial mouthpiece the Hindu.
Ive continued this discussion in my next post on the need for reservation in my next post