Centre Won’t End Caste Based Quota – Jaitley

Centre Won’t End Caste Based Quota – Jaitley – The government’s policy is clear – that the present policy on reservation continues and it will continue in all circumstances, said Jaitley.

caste based quotaThe Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s assertion that the affluent should benefit from caste based reservation echoed loudly in the Rajya Sabha on Monday with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarifying that the government was not in favour of changing the present reservation policy.

While the Opposition, especially the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, underlined the repeated indications by the RSS towards a change in policy, the Treasury benches trained their guns on Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s earlier statement comparing global terror outfit ISIS to the RSS.

The House witnessed uproar since morning when Naresh Aggarwal and Ramgopal Yadav of the SP raised deep concern over the BJP, under the RSS’ guidance, plotting to end caste-based reservations. “This has been their planning for a long time. They said the same thing while elections were under way in Bihar. This is a very serious conspiracy to end caste-base reservations,” said Ramgopal Yadav.

While the Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien maintained that the RSS was a “private organisation”, they were not so easily convinced.

“This is a plan that is being very systematically given shape by the BJP/RSS. A meeting of the RSS took place in Nagaur and they passed a resolution…They want to end reservation,” said Naresh Aggarwal. Ramgopal Yadav said the BJP was not separate from the RSS and was part of the same ideological family.

BSP chief Mayawati made a detailed intervention saying, “Ever since the BJP has assumed power, these kinds of statements, which rake up the issue of caste-based reservations are being consistently made. It acquires further significance in the light of what the RSS said in Nagaur yesterday, that they want to exclude the affluent. They want to make economic criteria for reservation. We want the government to clarify.”

The issue was first clarified by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi but when the members kept repeating their concerns, the Finance Minister intervened.

“Ramgopalji, don’t worry. The government’s policy is clear – that the present policy on reservation continues and it will continue in all circumstances. The resolution that you are mentioning (of the RSS), that also does not say what you are implying,” said Jaitley.