Having supported the implementation of OBC reservation in all educational institutions at one go, the CPM had a lukewarm reaction to the Cabinet’s decision to introduce the Bill for reservation in aided institutions alone. “The whole constitutional amendment was directed in a manner that it should come up in all the educational institutions. If it is not happening now, we will wait for the government’s reasoning on the issue,” said CPM MP and politburo member Sitaram Yechury.
The CPM’s other disappointment pertains to the fact that the Bill to be introduced will make no reference to the “creamy layer” among the OBCs. The CPI does not back them on this point. The CPM’s belief is that the economic criterion should be applied to OBC reservations to ensure that the really needy benefit from reservations.
Yechury added the UPA leaders had said in th UPA-Left coordination meeting, held on July 22, that it would not be possible to bring in reservation for OBCs at one go in 2006. According to him, it had then been decided that the Bill on OBC reservations, for both aided and unaided educational institutions, would be brought about in 2007.
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