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There will be more losses than gains, says Pinarayi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State secretary of the CPI(M) Pinarayi Vijayan has said that a close evaluation of the decisions taken by the State Cabinet in relation to the Narendran Commission report will show that it will actually prove harmful to the Backward Communities.

Participating in a 'Meet-the-Press' programme organised by the Press Club here on Friday, Mr. Vijayan said the decisions had not been taken after a proper study of the Narendran Commission report or with the genuine desire to do good for the Backward Communities.

Most significantly, he said in reply to a question that the time had come to think seriously about leaving recruitment to all the universities and Devaswom boards to the Public Service Commission (PSC). He said though most of the measures proposed by the Government related to the PSC, it was not the case of the Narendran Commission that the PSC had sabotaged the scheme of reservation. As for its decision to amend Rule 15 (a) of the Kerala State and Subordinate Service Rules (KS&SR), the Government must clarify whether it had found anything wrong with the present system.

Under the rule, if there is no eligible candidate from a particular community to hold a particular post, it will be passed on to the next community in the list. The community that has lost the post will be compensated at the next available opportunity.

He said the Cabinet decision to stop this practice and leave the post vacant would, in effect, prove detrimental to the interests of Backward Communities. It would result in rampant backdoor recruitment and the existing protection for Backward Community candidates would cease to exist. The point to note is that only very rarely do posts pass on from Backward Communities to the open quota. What the Government could have done was to amend the rules to prevent such rare occurrences. What it had done instead was to hoodwink the backward communities with the promise to prepare supplementary lists. Mr. Vijayan said the declaration that appointments in public sector units would be left to the PSC was equally baffling as recruitment to most of the PSUs had already been left to the PSC.

'Decision taken in haste'

Staff Reporter adds from Kannur: Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan said the decision to amend quota rules as part of implementing the Narendran Commission recommendations would not benefit the targeted communities. Talking to reporters here, Mr. Achuthanandan said the Government had taken the decision in haste without arriving at a consensus with an eye on the coming Assembly elections. The Government should have held discussions with MLAs, the communities concerned and political parties before taking a decision on the Narendran Commission report.

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