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TAKING UP THE ISSUE: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with MPs of the Democratic Progressive Alliance in New Delhi on Thursday.
TAKING UP THE ISSUE: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with MPs of the Democratic Progressive Alliance in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Meet Prime Minister and present memorandum; enclose copy of Karunanidhi's letter to Manmohan on the issue

  • Enclose copy of Karunanidhi's letter to Manmohan, Assembly resolution on issue
  • Karunanidhi against any dilution in reservation for OBCs

    New Delhi: Members of Parliament belonging to the Democratic Progressive Alliance of Tamil Nadu met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday and sought the introduction of the 27 per cent quota bill for other backward classes (OBCs) in the current session of Parliament.

    A memorandum presented to the Prime Minister said: "The Union Government has now proposed to provide 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs. As this reservation is likely to result in the overall development of the OBCs and bring them at par with other communities in the society, we request the Prime Minister to ensure that the 27 per cent reservation is extended to OBCs in all higher educational institutions run by the Government of India immediately."

    The MPs enclosed a copy of the letter written by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on August 4 as well as the resolution passed by the Assembly in this regard on July 31.

    In his letter Mr. Karunanidhi said reservation for OBCs should not be diluted in any manner. Quoting the Mandal Commission recommendations, he said reservation had been denied to the OBCs since 1950 in employment and in the educational institutions, public sector undertakings and administration of the Government of India. Thus, social justice to OBCs had been denied and delayed for more than four decades.

    He said when the Mandal Commission recommendations were accepted in 1994 consequent to the Supreme Court judgment, it was assured that reservation in educational institutions would be followed by reservation in employment. He said "even after two Commissions at different points of time emphatically recommended reservation for OBCs in education and employment in consonance with Article 340 of the Constitution, we are still having an irrational debate over implementing reservation for OBCs." The Chief Minister said the Centre should not allow the `unjust demands' of the anti-reservationists, who formed five to 10 per cent of the population, to implement reservation for OBCs in a phased manner; to apply the creamy layer concept and to increase the seats in the general category.

    He said "if these demands are accepted it would amount to preferentially empowering the empowered at the cost of oppressing the oppressed. It is strange to note that the creamy layer concept is not applied for the unreserved category till date. Given the constitutional provisions it can be construed that these unjust demands are entirely unconstitutional and unethical."

    Mr. Karunanidhi insisted that the UPA Government should respond to the people's mandate by extending reservation to the OBCs.


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