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Need to reform job reservation system all along
Only by giving caste-based reservations for jobs to the economically weaker in their respective castes can we benefit the poor of the nation?

There is need to reform the system which provides reservation in government jobs for all castes and creeds including Dalits, OBCs and the upper caste.

The real benefit that general category candidates can get when it comes to applying for the UPSC exams is an increase in the number of opportunities they get to appear for the test. The reservation move for upper castes and the manner in which it has been done may fail to live up to the expectations of both the politicians and the public at large otherwise.

While there is nothing wrong in caste-based reservation, the absence of a creamy layer in the reservation for SCs and STs is a problem though for the members of the SC and the ST castes itself.

While the reservation quota introduced by the late Prime Minister VP Singh namely the quota under Mandal for OBCs which has given the benefit of reservation even to Muslims for the first time in India recognises the concept of a creamy layer there is apparently no such creamy layer for SC candidates.

For the SC candidates therefore there is a dilemma as the son of an IAS officer or PCS officer is better placed educationally and culturally than the son of a safai karamchari who should get the quota benefit on priority basis.

So, when there is a slot for SC and ST candidates those who are from families that have already availed of the benefit of reservation do better and take most of the seats available for the caste in the government service.

Those who are less fortunate due to their birth in a family which has so far not received the benefits of reservation are therefore left out of the race.

In such a situation the only corrective measure would be to recognise the fact that a family that has availed of the reservation benefit should come under the creamy layer if the fiscal parameters so decide. This will therefore benefit those families who have been left out of the process so far. This will give them the boost they need to come out of the quagmire of poverty and give them access to better health and livelihood as a new group of persons will begin to reap the benefits of reservation.

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