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Let panel decide on internal quota: Kagodu

Special Correspondent



‘Deve Gowda is not competent

to decide on

the issue’



SHIMOGA: The former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa said here on Wednesday that the Permanent Backward Class Commission should be entrusted with the responsibility to decide on internal reservation.

Reacting to the report that president of the Janata Dal (Secular) H.D. Deve Gowda would announce his decision on internal reservation and that the coalition Government had expressed its commitment to implement it, Mr. Thimmappa said that the commission which was a statutory body should be reconstituted before it took up the issue of internal reservation.

He pointed out that there was a scope for the revision of reservation policy once in 10 years, adding that the last revision was done in 1994 when he was Minister for Social Welfare in the Veerappa Moily Government. “Now the revision of the reservation policy is very much due,” he said but said that the financial allocation of Rs. 24 crore made by the Centre to conduct the socio economic survey of backward classes had not been utilised.

He said that the classification of several categories for internal reservation as suggested by Mr. Gowda seemed to be part of his “aversion” to the Backward Classes of the Idigas and Kurubas for his personal reasons.

He said that Mr. Gowda was not competent to decide the internal reservation arbitrarily and suggested that the entire issue be left to the Permanent Backward Class Commission after it was reconstituted. “We are committed to the well-being of the backward classes which are divided vertically,” he said.

He said that he was in favour of the caste-based census to ensure a better deal to the backward classes ensuring that the total reservation did not exceed 50 per cent.



‘Deve Gowda is not competent

to decide on

the issue’





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