Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Quota system is borne out of discrimination

The need for reservation in various government sectors and institutions arises because of the discrimination present in the country.

This was stated by professor Bhalchandra Mungekar, member Planning Commission, government of India, while speaking on Reservation in the Private Sector at the 3rd ONGC Endowment Lecture at the University of Madras yesterday

He further said discrimination based on caste, sex and other factors were responsible to assure reservations to those affected and the victims of discrimination. He was especially highlighting the plight of the Dalits in the country.

Elaborating on it, Mungekar said the country had an unequal opportunity structure and the caste system prevalent in the country was defying any logic of division of labour.

Mentioning caste system as a psychological disorder of society, he said reservation alone had assured jobs even for qualified members of the SC/ST communities. He also observed that there were no Constitutional barriers for reservation in private sector and the effort, as promised in the ruling UPA government's Common Minimum Programme, could be realised in practice.

Professor S P Thyagarajan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, in his address, stressed the need for economic reforms that were socially relevant. Dr A K Balyan, director (Human Resources), ONGC, many Dalit outfits and NGOs were present on the occasion.

Source: News Today, Dec 15, 2004

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