Today Moily Committee has recommended, and defined, staggered implementation of quota system depending on each institution’s capacity to upgrade.
Reservation: A game of Politics or A need of India?
Our government has recently announced plans for increasing the reservation or quote system from 27% to 49.5%. As per government note this reservation or quota system is essential and its only and main purpose is to increase the social diversity in campuses and work places by lowering the entry criteria for certain identifiable groups who are grossly under-represented in proportion to their numbers in general population. In short, its corrective measure by the government, to give justice and equal opportunity to backward class.
As citizen of India I would love to see when government will try to give equal right and equal opportunity to every citizen. While implementing this quota system, government is not doing justice with every citizen of India, what government is trying to do, give the benefit for particular segment of society for their own vote bank this is total injustice.
We need quota system if it’s based on economical basis, not on caste basis. Even our constitution says, No one in India is allowed to discriminate any body on basis, race, gender, sex or on caste. By implementing the quota system on basis of caste, government is dividing the society and it is termed as racial discrimination.
In 1979 when Mandal commission was setup, to asses the situation of socially backward and economically backward class people, commission didn’t have any records of OBC, so commission used the 1930 data, came up with the idea that in India almost 52% people are from OBC. So till today all the quota system is based on this report, which is made of data of 1930 census. Since then not a single government has tried to asses the situation again. Not even today government is ready to do survey to find out exactly how many people belong to OBC /SC/ST. Every one knows since the implementation of this quote system based on Mandal commission, many communities have been benefited and now they are cream layers of our society.
So my question is when these cream layers of OBC /SC/ST are not any more socially or economically backward, why they still get the benefit of quote system?
Even government knows very clearly that, this quota system is only going to benefit the economically sound people of lower caste or backward class. If we look on some of the studies, it clearly says that the OBC class is quite comparable with the general caste in terms of annual per capita consumption.
By implementing this quota system on caste basis, government is running away from its main duty that is giving these OBC /SC/ ST people their basic rights. These people need proper infrastructure to raise them selves, so that they can perform equally with others citizen of this country. What is the use of reservation in IIM or IIT, when person from this community don’t even have access to the proper school in his village or in town? I know many villages and town, which don’t even have proper government school or public schools. Government should put more efforts in building basic infrastructure for these backward classes; give them proper education so that can compete any where in world not just in India.
At present government doesn’t have any proper monitoring system to see and check, who is taking the advantage of this quota system? Whether this quota is really going to benefit OBS/SC/ST or its benefiting people with money and power? I still remember that in June or July 2006 there was program on TV showing how people of upper caste in Punjab are busy in making false certificate of OBS/SC/ST so that they can get use this biased quota system to get job and education.
So who is benefiting from this quota system? People with money and power. Every one knows that you can get the certificate of OBC/SC/ST from your local authority, if you pay some bribe, it is happening now, it has happened in past where people took the advantage of this system and today they are working in some big government sector and take my word it will happen in future again, as government doesn’t have any proper monitoring service.
So in short the current approach from quota system is not going to help all those people who are leading very pathetic life in India, irrespective of their caste, religion and colour. People who really need this sort of help from government will not be getting any benefit from this quota system.
If government really wants to do some thing for these people, then she should provide proper primary education system first to every citizen who is leading pathetic life irrespective of caste and religion. Give them proper and full scholarship, motivate them to go to school, reduced the drop out from school.
It just a shame that some our Ministers, are talking of quota system just to raise their vote bank. We need reservation on grounds of economics, not on caste system. We need proper infrastructure which government has promised us. We need proper primary education for these poor people.
I would welcome any government move to support every citizen of this Great India irrespective their caste and religion, to make their life and their children life better for tomorrow.
Please don’t divide this country on caste system; we had enough of caste system in India.