Left parties criticise Knowledge Commissions functioning

New Delhi, May 17 | Updated: May 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
After HRD minister Arjun Singh, it is now the turn of Left parties to train their guns on the Knowledge Commission and its chairman Sam Pitroda.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri along with representatives of All India University and College Teachers Association (AIFUCTO) met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum criticising Mr Pitroda and his style of functioning. The memorandum was also supported by the CPI, whose general secretary AB Bardhan met the association members on Tuesday.

Charging the commission for lack of transparency, the memorandum said, We strongly resent the opaque and secretive manner in which the Commission has been constituted, and we demand everything connected with Sam Pitrodas commission must be made public.

The Knowledge Commission has strongly come out against reservations for

OBCs in elite educational institutions. The memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister on Wednesday also asked the government to hold public discussions.

Association general secretary VK Tiwari told FE, How can he speak against reservation There is a need for it and in accordance with the Constitution, reservation policy must be implemented.