Relook in quota
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of doing away with the requirement of interviews for lower non-gazetted Central Government jobs from 1st January drew accusations of violation of the Model Code of Conduct and attempts at putting an end to the reservation policy during Bihar Assembly elections. Today it has become a reality. But the move has its own social impact. Now with the new order in its place would there be a review of reservation policy for the recruitment to Central and State Governments jobs or would it remain the same? Will the government also do away with the redundant social policy which has created more wedge in the society rather bringing the people close. Economically also the reservation policy has done more harm. Will the BJP leadership at the Centre listen to “effective implementation” of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a review of quotas? “The PM’s announcement of doing away with interviews for Group D,C and B non-gazetted posts in Central Government means a good bye to the reservation policy as recruitment will only be held on merit basis. The PM’s statement suggests so. This is the effective implementation of Mohan Bhagwat’s demand for a review of the reservation policy and the Prime Minister has to respond to it. On the backfoot over allegations against his government that it was contemplating scrapping quotas for the Schedule Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs, Modi had clarified there is total unanimity among political parties in Parliament on the issue as nobody is against the existing quota system. Yes why not it is the vote bank the parties are looking at and not any social change. BJP from the very first day has been in the favour of reservation. “If anybody has given the longest statement on Mandal Commission, it is the third party of the grand alliance and that’s the Congress Party. You see Rajiv Gandhi’s speech made in 1991 on Mandal Commission’s report and you will understand who favoured and who opposed it,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said earlier.