Raise reservation limit to 75 per cent: Ramdas Athawale

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 6:58 PM

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today pitched for raising the reservation level should be raised to 75 per cent, with an additional 25 per cent quota in government jobs and colleges to economically backwards in all castes.

"To end this controversy (about reservation) forever, I am going to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we will also talk to all political parties and see if there can be a Constitution amendment," the Minister of State for Social Justice said on the sidelines of a meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens here. (PTI)“To end this controversy (about reservation) forever, I am going to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we will also talk to all political parties and see if there can be a Constitution amendment,” the Minister of State for Social Justice said on the sidelines of a meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens here. (PTI)

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today pitched for raising the reservation level should be raised to 75 per cent, with an additional 25 per cent quota in government jobs and colleges to economically backwards in all castes.

“To end this controversy (about reservation) forever, I am going to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we will also talk to all political parties and see if there can be a Constitution amendment,” the Minister of State for Social Justice said on the sidelines of a meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens here.

Noting that reservation can never be abolished, even if some people are opposed to it, he said he has always demanded reservation for economically backward classes from all castes — whether they are Jats in Haryana, Patels in Gujarat, Marathas in Maharashtra or the Brahmins.

For this there should be an additional 25 per cent above the present 49.5 per cent mandated in the Constitution for economically backward classes in all castes, the minister said.

“… Economically backward classes in all castes should be given 25 per cent reservation by taking the total reservation level to 75 per cent and keep the remaining 25 per cent open for all. This will resolve all issues of all castes,” he said.
However, the RPI(A) chief said the change should be made without tinkering with the current reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs.

“Once this happens there will be no agitation for reservation and I am saying this despite being from Dalit community as there are economically weaker classes in all castes,” Athawale added.

“For once we can resolve this issue and it will be good for the development of the nation,” he said.

Athawale also suggested that another way to resolve the issue is by according reservation on the basis of the respective caste’s percentage in the population.

As per 2011 census, there are 16.6 per cent SCs, 5.6 per cent STs and 52 per cent OBCs in the country, which accounts for 77.2 per cent of the population, while they are getting 49.5 per cent reservation, Athawale said.

And the remaining 22.8 per cent are getting 50.5 per cent reservation, so another way could be that reservation should be given as per the respective caste’s population, he suggested.

At present, according to the Constitution, 15 per cen seats are reserved for SCs, 7.5 per cent for STs and 27 per cent for OBCs in central government-funded higher education institutions and jobs and even in elections.

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