News: Lt Governor’s intervention to protect reservation for MBC

Puducherry, Aug 18: A delegation of Committee for Protection of Reservation for Most Backward Class (MBC) has submitted a memorandum to Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh seeking his intervention to protect the quota of reservation earmarked for MBC in employment and education sectors.

G Sugumaran, local President of Federation for People’s Rights told PTI yesterday that the delegation protested against the move of the territorial administration to ‘cull’ out 1.5 per cent from the 20 per cent quota now available for the MBC, for sanctioning 2.5 per cent quota reservation for BC Muslims. The remaining one per cent was sought to be taken from the 13 per cent reservation available for BC.

The delegation had referred to the availablity of reservation for BC Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, taken from the BC quota in that state and also referred to the system followed in Tamil Nadu and in other states in providing reservation for Muslims.

Making it clear that the Committee for Protection of MBC quota welcomed the decision of the government to take care of BC Muslims by earmarking a quota for them, the memorandum contended that such a reservation should be done “by legal means and on the basis of social justice”, without disturbing the 20 per cent quota earmarked for MBC.

The memorandum appealed to the Lt Governor to intervene and ensure that the report of the State BC commission recommending reservation for BC Muslims (by culling out 1.5 per cent from the MBC quota) was rescinded. / 18.08.2009.

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