Nilekani for Reservation in Pvt Sector - The New Indian Express

Nilekani for Reservation in Pvt Sector

Published: 15th March 2014 08:22 AM

Last Updated: 15th March 2014 08:22 AM

Congress candidate for Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani on Friday said he was for reservation in the private sector, considering that society has discriminated against some communities for years.

At an interaction with the media at the Bangalore Press Club, Nilekani said Infosys has done this. However, he said, “The real issue was that we needed crores of jobs and the challenge was to create them. We need to increase the supply of educational opportunities and jobs.”

Taking on sitting MP H N Ananth Kumar, Nilekani said: “It is sad that he has to take Narendra Modi’s name to fight election, despite being an MP for five terms.”

“Has he no achievements of his own? People are fatigued and they want change. They want someone who is focused on the deliverables and I can offer the same dedication and honesty that I have worked with all my life, during my stint in Infosys as well as in UIDAI,” he said.

Laughing at the BJP’s claims that Aadhaar will become ‘Niraadhar’ if the party is voted to power, he said: “These are the same people who have held Aadhaar enrollment drives in their constituencies over the last five years. Perhaps they are afraid, now that I have entered politics.”

He said Aadhaar was the world’s largest initiative to provide a social ID to people, and enrollment will continue in the next government. “It does not matter who will come to power,” he said.

On his decision to join the Congress, a party plagued by corruption charges, Nilekani said he will not choose a party based on the politics of the day. Nilekani is also not worried about the presence of Aam Admi Party in the state.

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