Friday, December 08, 2006

Sachar inspires new report

According to a report by the Press Trust of India, after the recently submitted Sachar report (available for download here) on the socio-economic and educational status of India’s Muslims, another report is in the making which is being claimed to take the Sachar report to a “logical conclusion.”

Apart from suggesting reservation to castes outside the Hindu-fold, this new report is also about to suggest some landmark changes in the way reservation has been executed over the years.

The four-member, National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, headed by former Supreme court Chief Justice Ranganath Misra, is understood to be coming out with its report early next year.

Sources said the Misra commission report “would attempt to take the Sachar report to a logical conclusion.”

It wants to start a debate with the very concept of reservation as practiced and is set to come up with suggestions like “opening up of a much greater access rather than blind benefits to a particular section of the society,” the sources added.

“In the present context of reservation, maximum benefits are cornered by the more powerful castes and by the more powerful families within in a caste,” it added. The sources said “the creamy layer issue would be addressed aptly in the report” and the suggestions would form a road-map for the government to act in the direction.

The mandate of the commission: to suggest criteria for identification of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities; to recommend measures for welfare of socially and economically backward section among religious and linguistic minorities, including reservation in education and government employment; to suggest the necessary constitutional, legal and administrative modalities, required for the implementation of their recommendations; and to present a report of their deliberations and recommendations.

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