Reservation has helped control atrocities against underprivileged: Basavaraju

C. Basavaraju, Registrar, University of Mysore, has underscored the need to extend reservation facilities beyond the purview of the government by including private sector. A constitutional amendment should be brought in that regard, he said.

He was speaking at a two-day national seminar on ‘Social Exclusion and Reservation Policy in India: a debate’, organised at Manasagangotri by the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), University of Mysore, on Tuesday.

Mr. Basavaraju said a survey was needed in the country to assess the private sector establishments, which had provided reservations to socially-deprived sections such as the SC, ST and backward classes.

He said to a certain extent, reservation facilities in the county had been helpful in controlling atrocities against the underprivileged. However, the scourge of untouchability was still prevalent in many parts of the country in one or the other form.

Lamenting that even after more than six-and-half decades of Independence the dispensations had not been able to do away with atrocities against the socially-deprived classes in the country, he said: “we have not been able to fulfil the aspirations of people enshrined in the constitution.” The mandates of the constitution to ensure equality, social justice, brotherhood and freedom have remained away from the reach of people, he said.

Reservation has helped control atrocities against the underprivileged, says Basavaraju