OBC quota “hopefully” to be introduced in AIIMS in coming session: Ramadoss

April 11th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by admin  

Anbumani Ramadoss

New Delhi, Apr 11 (ANI): Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Friday said the 27 per cent OBC reservation would be implemented in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from the coming academic session “hopefully”.
AIIMS was the epicentre of protests during the anti-quota agitations two years back.
Ramadoss’ statement came just a day after the Supreme Court upheld 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions.
In an answer to a question whether there would be an increase of seats and infrastructure in AIIMS, he said, “These issues would be addressed”.
Ramadoss said on the issue of creamy layer among OBCs being excluded from the reservation, “Since the Mandal Commission allowed quota in employment in 1990, only 5.3 per cent seats have been filled out of the 27 per cent”.
“This is what will happen to this quota also if the creamy layer is kept out,” Ramadoss said.
He said the issue of the exclusion of the creamy layer and children of MPs and MLAs would be taken up at both the Cabinet and the UPA level.
“There are so many ex-MPs who have fallen on hard times and some MLAs even do not take home their salaries. To keep their children out of the reservation ambit would be unfair,” Ramadoss said.
“These issues need to be kept in mind while dealing with the issue,” he added. (ANI)

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