Motion on OBC reservation passed in Assembly

Special Correspondent

It would be fully implemented in a couple of years: Sheila Dikshit

NEW DELHI: A Motion moved under Rule 107 by Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma and demanding that “all the persons belonging to Other Backward Classes of Delhi be provided reservation in admission in all the educational institutions and in the field of employment'' was on Wednesday passed in the Delhi Assembly after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit assured that OBC reservation would be fully implemented in Delhi in a couple of years.

The Motion also stated that “all the castes of this category be provided equal opportunity in accordance with the provisions of reservation policy''.

Moving the Motion, Mr. Sharma said 65 castes had been notified as Other Backward Classes by the Delhi Government and in 2000 the Jats were included in the reservation list.

After being included in the State OBC list, he said, they should have got reservation in Delhi University but that did not happen as they are not included in the Central OBC list. Stating that the National OBC Commission has to act on this, he urged the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Commission and the Prime Minister.

The Congress MLA also stated that till the time the OBCs occupy more government jobs their social growth would not be possible. Also, he said, they need to do well academically in order to move more forward. Therefore he sought increase in reservation for OBCs from 15 per cent to 27 per cent in nursery training.

“There is creamy layer in OBCs and so the actually needy would benefit,'' Mr. Sharma pointed out.

As for Indraprastha University, he said, as per a Supreme Court order there was a need to commensurately increase the total number of seats and posts there so that the OBC reservation does not adversely impact the interests of the general castes.

“Even if the Government cannot do this in this academic session, it should come out with a one or two year timeline for implementing the 27 per cent reservation in all Delhi Government institutes,'' he said.

The demand was supported by Devender Yadav and Naseeb Singh of the Congress.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit then informed the House that while 15 per cent OBC reservation has already been implemented in polytechnics and the Delhi Government-run universities. ``We know that 27 per cent reservation is to be done and we will achieve it in a couple of years.''

She said as the general seats have to be increased accordingly, it means that more teachers, rooms and resources have to be generated before the reservation percentage could go up. ``I can assure you Delhi will not be left behind,'' she said.

As for Jats not being there in the Central OBC list, she said the matter had been taken up with the Centre but there was no response from it. “We will again write to them about it.''