“DMK not against quota for poor in education, jobs”

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The DMK is against economic criteria for reservation, though it is not totally averse to the idea of providing reservation for poor in education and employment opportunities, Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi said on Tuesday.

His reaction has come a day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati made a case for reservation for economically weaker sections among the forward communities. Mr Karunanidhi recalled the DMK government’s decision to award additional five marks to the first graduate from a family.

“The order was in force for only two years and many benefited by it. Later, it was challenged in the court during the AIADMK regime and the court stayed the order,” he said. Recalling Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s argument in support of reservation, Mr Karunanidhi said he was proud and happy that the social justice slogan raised by the Dravidian movement 9 decades ago was echoing all over the world.

He also welcomed Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’ suggestion that all the states in the country should take a cue from Tamil Nadu and abolish entrance examinations to medical colleges.

“To reduce the burden and anxiety of the students, the Tamil Nadu government had not only abolished entrance examinations to the medical colleges, but also to engineering courses,” he said.

As regards reports about the death of a child in Erode district allegedly after polio vaccination, the Chief Minister said it was a handiwork of a private television channel.

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