Thursday, January 14, 2010

[ZESTCaste] We can do without reservations in higher education - Kerala HC

We can do without reservations in higher education - Kerala HC

January 14, 2010

Thiruvananthapuram: Considering the change in the socio-economic
conditions of the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other
Backward Classes (OBC), the Kerala High Court came out with a
revolutionary decision to bring down their reservation criteria in
higher education and employment sector.

The court in its much sought after decision announced that the
reservations made in the government sector would only check their
growth and they would not be able to come out of it.

It further realized that time has come to bring them at par with the
general category by awakening them from their "nap of satiated

The radical observation came while the court dismissed the Muslim
Jamaat Council's petition challenging the government order of
September 8, 2008 of granting 10% reservation in state-run colleges
and 7.5% in university departments for Below Poverty Line (BPL)
students from forward castes.

The Bench said it is the policy matter of the government and it could
not interfere with the issue.

"The reservations of these communities till now have created a
platform for them to exist sans quota. They should now try to improve
their lot and compete with the forward groups in the job sector. The
higher the competition the greater would be their chance to improve,"
the court said.

The Bench cleared its intention to uplift the BPL segment from among
the forward communities.

The poor among the forward community are the one who suffer the brunt
as the reservations are meant only for the SC/ ST and OBC segments
which is why the court does not find itself guilty of introducing such
reforms as it aims to provide relief to the poor belonging to the
upper class.

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