CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo M Karunanidhi has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up a monitoring body to oversee and ensure that jobs in the Central Government services are allotted as per existing reservation norms.
The DMK chief also demanded an amendment of the existing reservation laws to eliminate the ‘creamy layer’ norm.
The media has recently reported that less than 12 per cent of Central Government jobs were held by Other Backward Classes (OBCs) despite the Mandal Commission recommendations that were made 20 years ago. Karunanidhi said measures had to be taken to make sure that reservations in Central Government jobs were implemented according to existing quotas.
“A monitoring body should be set up to ensure that job appointments under the Union government services are made in accordance with the quota earmarked for reserved categories,” he said in his statement, adding that the discriminatory ‘creamy layer’ norm has to be done away with.
“It is surprising and shocking. It is a betrayal and makes it very clear that only a very low percentage of (reserved categories) got jobs,” he said.
Reiterating his party’s stance of having consistently opposed the notion of a creamy layer in reservations, the former chief minister said that the Central Government should release a white paper on the jobs given so far for those from backward classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SCs & STs) department-wise while also demanding that backlog vacancies be filled through a special examination and through appointment drives.