Maharashtra favours OBC reservations

Mumbai, April 11 | Updated: Apr 12 2006, 05:30am hrs
Close on the heels of debate over reservations for OBCs, the ruling and opposition legislators in Maharashtra on Tuesday pressed for reservations in the privately run universities in the state. Legislators strongly argued that the Self Financed Private Universities Bill should make it mandatory for such universities to reserve certain seats for OBCs.

Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader and public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal made a strong case for reservations for OBC in the proposed private universities. He made it clear that OBCs were not keen to seek relaxations in their fees but certain seats be reserved for them as required under the Constitutional Amendment passed by the Parliament.

Mr Bhujbal was supported by legislators from the Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and other left wing parties. Some of the legislators brought to the notice of the government that the Karnataka government has already made 50% reservations for OBCs and other economically weaker sections obligatory.

Legislators were participating at the special meeting held to discuss the proposed Bill on self financed private universities. A large number of legislators took serious objection to the proposed provision in the Bill which says Universities can make special provision for women, physically handicapped, scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) and economically weaker sections on their own.