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Caste-based reservation infringes upon rights of common man
The government figures of the jobs provided to reserved categories during last three years, released by the minister concerned while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, are an abuse on the rights of common man in the name of upliftment of the downtrodden.

SIXTY-FIVE years have passed since we gained freedom from our colonial masters, but we are still far from providing equal opportunities to all the citizens of the country. Here I am not talking only about uplifting the downtrodden, but equality – one of the basic fundamental rights that has been infringed upon by providing better opportunities, not on the basis of merit, but unfortunately on the basis of birth, sex or caste.

This is what we have been doing for years, defeating our basic constitution by providing reservations on the basis of caste and birth. The reservation was initially meant to provide ground to the downtrodden not able to stand in the competition, just because of their inability to earn equally. But isn’t it a matter of surprise that even after their two generations reaped the benefits of reservation, some of the sections of society are still backward?

If they have not been able to utilise the benefits of reservation in so many years, how can we expect them to be taking care of their upliftment in another 50 years or so? According to the figures given by V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and Prime Minister Office, in a written reply to a question by Sh. Shadi Lal Batra in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday 23rd August, direct appointments in government jobs in the year 2008 were 340, 112 and 367 under the categories of SC, ST and OBC totaling 819 posts out of 1501, with remaining 682 going to the people from general category, comprising of 45% of the total posts to the so called majority community.

Same figures for the year 2009 were 566, 289 and 1246 out of the total recruitments of 4161 leaving the general category with 2060 posts with a slight increase ending to 49% of the total appointments. In the next year 2010, out of total 4500 posts the general category was given 55% with 2495 posts and the rest going to SC, ST and OBC category that bagged 602, 286 and 1117 posts respectively.

In the C-category the position was not much different for the general category. In 2008 out of the total of 47, 648 posts the general category occupied 20, 725 posts while the SC, ST and OBC got 26, 923 totaling 57% for the reserved categories. In 2009, the general category saw a boost by bagging 60% of the total 96, 620 posts, which in 2010 again reduced to 52%.

This was just an extract to describe the status of job opportunities for general and reserved categories, but what is surprising is that the parliament last week discussed the reservation in promotions too.

Just imagine you are on the operation table and the doctor in charge of the knife is the one promoted on the basis of reservation and not on merit. Or just think about a crash landing leading to a mistake by an ATC in charge promoted not on merit, but on reservation.

The point of discussion is that the politics of vote has been affecting the interests of the general public as a whole till now. But once a category is provided job on the basis of birth or caste, why can’t the person compete with the general category on the basis of merit?

There is a dire need to revamp the whole system. While on the financial side the government is on the track of abolishing subsidies, which represent the strength of the economy of the country, one would demand that such yardsticks are applied to other platforms as well – the policy of reservation is a case in point.

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