Quota Row Generates Much Heat in Lok Sabha

The uproar over reservation issue led to an hour-long adjournment; the Centre clarified the quota practice in these posts in medical colleges will continue

Published: 20th February 2014 07:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2014 10:43 AM   |  A+A-

The reservation issue rocked the Lok Sabha, even as the Centre clarified that the quota practice in super specialty posts in medical colleges, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), would continue.

Law Minister Kapil Sibal made the government’s stand clear after JD(U) member Sharad Yadav raised the issue, citing a DoPT circular  which contradicted the Centre’s stand on the issue.

Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy confirmed that the government was not taking any contrarian stand on the quota practice. “Our policy is to have reservation in super specialty posts,” he asserted.  Earlier, Yadav accused the Centre of humiliating a large section of society over the reservation issue. He said the government was deliberately delaying constitutional amendment to annul a Supreme Court order against reservation for faculty in super specialty section at the AIIMS. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said if all parties agreed the session could be extended for the passage of the legislation. The JD(U) leader also took a dig at the Congress and the BJP for not supporting the demand for reservation to the SC and ST. He also blamed the MPs for not taking up the issue concerning 80 per cent poor.

“I have written to the Prime Minister. Since this is the last session of the Lok Sabha, we will raise the issue again. It is painful to stand up and raise the same issue again and again in the House. You did the same thing on the issue of caste census. Even in this budget there is nothing for us,” Yadav said.

The uproar over the quota issue led to an hour-long adjournment. After the House assembled at 2 pm, Congress MP P L Punia charged the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for issuing orders against the SC/ST and OBC. He said the new order was against Parliament’s decision to maintain status quo on the issue.

“Law Minister had assured us that they will file a review petition but a new order was issued. It must be withdrawn with immediate effect,” he said. Sibal clarified that a Constitution Bench had empowered the Centre to take a decision on the reservation issue. “We clarify that it is for the Centre to take a decision as to whether there should be reservation for the posts,” he said. After the house was adjourned Sibal and Narayanasamy were seen talking to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad. They have reportedly demanded withdrawal of the order.

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