17 January, 2021

What Does It All Add Up To?

The HRD ministry scouts for numbers that will justify its policy to the SC

Jitender Gupta
What Does It All Add Up To?
Can the HRD ministry get around the roadblock put by the two-judge bench of the Supreme Court which ordered an interim stay on 27 per cent reservation in centrally-aided educational institutions in the new academic year? Sources say the ministry wants the government to adopt a two-pronged strategy—appeal for the case to be referred to a larger constitution bench, or go for a review of the order to get the stay vacated. The government is also likely to give the court an assurance of conducting periodic surveys of OBCs.

The SC's objection to the implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, was that the government couldn't go ahead with quotas in the absence of any detailed survey of backwards. To bolster its case, the government is now collating all data it has access to.

The ministry of rural development has called a meeting of state ministers on April 12 to set a time-frame for collecting data on BPL households. UP, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Orissa have already completed the exercise. A...


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