Quota ruckus in RS: Govt says reservation to stay

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Budget Session 238

Rajya Sabha Budget Session 238

Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley on Monday clarified that government has no plans to change the existing reservation policy in government jobs.

“It is the stated policy of Government that present arrangement of reservation will be maintained,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Upper House.

Jaitley also said that RSS, “has also not talked” of scrapping or changing the present reservation policy.

The statement came after members from SP and BSP raised concern over remarks by some RSS leaders on Sunday. They said RSS is not for reservation in jobs and education for the affluent.

Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) alleged ‘a conspiracy in doing away with the present reservation system’.

Mayawati (BSP) said the Constitution clearly defines the criteria for giving reservation to SC/ST and OBCs and now RSS functionaries were talking of the quota being based on economic criteria.

Soon after listed papers of the day were laid on the table, Opposition members led by SP, BSP and JD-U stood up to raise the issue.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said “RSS is a private organisation, why are you worried about that.”

While Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said there is no difference between RSS and Government, Mayawati alleged that statements on the quota issue were being made since the BJP came to power.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was a clear view of the government that “reservation should continue” and “RSS has not talked about scrapping it.”

“There is no question of removing reservation for SC/ST. RSS has also called for strengthening reservation, not ending it,” clarified Naqvi.

House resumed normal listed business after Deputy Chairman Kurien told the house that government has given an assurance.