KARNATAKA

Janapara Vedike to hold seminar on OBC quota



Special Correspondent

Ravivarma Kumar among others to address itIt will highlight pitfalls in judgment on creamy layer

GULBARGA: Janapara Vedike, an organisation committed to the protection of the rights of the oppressed sections of society, will hold a seminar on "OBC Reservation and Creamy Layer" here on Saturday.

Conveners of the vedike Namdev Kadkol and Thimmaiah Purle told presspersons here on Monday said that the former chairman of the Backward Classes Commission and advocate Ravivarma Kumar would inaugurate the seminar and deliver the keynote address.

Prominent among others who would address the seminar were Karnataka Bar Council member and former member of the Karnataka Backward Class Commission Kantraj, H.P. Prakash, and writer Chennanna Valikar.

A Backward Class leader Yeshwant Harsoor said that the purpose of the seminar was to highlight the pitfalls in the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court on introducing the creamy layer concept in reservation extended to Other Backward Classes and the decision of the Union Government to introduce the creamy layer concept for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in admission to professional education, apart from admission to the IIT, IISc, IIM and All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Mr. Harsoor said that the introduction of the creamy layer concept in reservation for OBCs would defeat the purpose for which reservation was introduced. He said the creamy layer concept in reservation for OBCs was prevalent in the State for the past few years depriving reservation to deserving OBCs.

He said that in Karnataka only OBC families with an annual income of less than Rs. 11,000 were eligible to get admission to professional courses. For jobs, the income limit was fixed at Rs. 1 lakh. Due to these conditions, 27 per cent of reservation extended to OBCs in the State could not be utilised fully in educational institutions and job opportunities.

Mr. Harsoor demanded that the Government withdraw the creamy layer concept for OBCs as most of the posts kept reserved for them had gone unutilised due to these conditions. He said that according to one study there were more than 30,000 OBC backlog posts in the government sector.

He said like the special drive launched to fill up backlog posts of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the Government should take up a special drive for filling up the backlog posts of OBCs immediately. Mr. Harsoor said that Categories I and II A of OBCs should be kept out of the creamy layer concept, even if the constitutional obligations forced the Government to implement the creamy layer concept, as the communities included in these two categories were more backward and deserved full attention in job and educational opportunities.

Mr. Harsoor criticised the Union Government for its piecemeal approach to solving the problem of the creamy layer concept by including only certain institutions in the amendment passed during the last session of Parliament.

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