Study on reservation

It is very encouraging to learn that reservations do not affect the overall efficiency and functioning of the Indian Railways, the largest public sector undertaking (“Quotas do not hurt efficiency, says study,” Feb.5). I am sure that this would apply to other departments where reservations are in force. The myth that the quota system results in the neglect of merit and efficiency stands nullified. The research has brought out the positive impact of reservations for the marginalised sections. There needs to be research into why there is a stagnation of 55.75 per cent at the entry level.

Mahalingam Yaaman, Tuticorin

The productivity of an organisation depends primarily on the attitude of its employees, an upgrade of staff skills and employee-employer relations. The study on the impact of reservations in the Railways, where no negative effect has been noticed, should not be viewed from the angle of reservations. Such an achievement is the result of team work, which includes both reserved and non-reserved categories, keeping in mind the organisation’s interests and without giving room to the politics of reservations.

Kshirasagara Balaji Rao, Hyderabad

The deliberate propaganda by the anti-reservation lobby that efficiency and productivity are affected by job quotas has not been proven to be true by any study. It is in this light that this report must be viewed as it shows that reservations have nothing to do with any decline in efficiency but instead motivates those recruited to the higher echelons through the system of quotas to work harder and thus improve efficiency. Anyone who works in government offices and public sector undertakings knows well that a majority of those who get in through open quota are far more inefficient than those who get in through the quota system. Still, they are so prejudiced that they blame the quota system for any fall in efficiency and productivity.

K.V. Ravindran, Payyanur, Kerala

The pioneering study does not reflect the realities of day-to-day working. This observation may be true in the upper echelons of the government and for those above Group ‘A’. It is a different story in the lower categories, where there needs to be greater accountability.

R. Rangarajan, Secunderabad

With clamour growing in favour of sustaining the reservation system in public sector jobs and also a demand for reservations in private sector jobs surfacing from time to time from pro-reservation and political groups, there could have been some restraint in publishing the report.

The basis of the study undertaken by Ashwini Deshpande and Thomas Weisskopf and concurring with the same is a different matter altogether. We cannot lose sight of the fact that the report by the Mandal Commission strengthened the voices of pro-reservation groups in following reservations not only in employment but also in promotions. Do we interpret the results as evidence that the underprivileged sections too are efficient and there is no need, therefore, to sustain the reservation policy in its current form?

C.V. Vasudevan, Chennai

The period of the study was between 1980 and 2002. There should have been one after 2002 for people who came in through reservations, looking at how they feel and evaluating performance.

Kolachina Rama Jagannath, Visakhapatnam

The primary fallacy of the argument is that you can’t compare efficiency within a closed group without variability. The sampling methodology is false. It should have been compared with another sample where affirmative action doesn’t exist, which is practically impossible. All hypothetical analyses derived are undeniably biased. It is clear that the study stands invalidated. One fails to understand what kind of message the report wanted to convey.

K.A.R. Reddy, Nellore

The Indian Railways is part of a sector where decisions are taken at a higher level and the employees in the levels below play the role of just implementers. In order to check for efficiency one has to go to the revenue and health departments where almost every employee plays a crucial role that directly impacts society. One wishes that a similar survey had been carried out to identify the number of corrupt employees in the public sector.

Satishreddy Kanaganti, Nalgonda

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