Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda suggested on Monday that caste-based reservations should end, arguing for the granting of quotas on the economic backwardness of people.
He was responding to the ongoing movements of the Veerashaiva-Lingayats and the Kurubas calling for a review of their quota status.
“Only those who are economically behind should get a reservation and we should go in that direction,” Gowda told reporters. âThe Center has introduced an economically weaker section (SAP) quota of 10%. We take this to a logical end.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayats are mobilizing to appear on the national OBC list which will give them a share of the 27% reservation in central jobs and educational establishments. In addition, the Panchamasali subsection requests to be placed in category 2A of the state quota. On top of that, the Kurubas are agitating for ST status at the national level.
âI’ve said it in the past: the ongoing turmoil over reservations will only hurt the company and the administration,â Gowda said.
âIt is true that the Constitution made a reservation based on the situation that existed at the time. But times have changed and the world has become smaller. People have found their own ways to grow. The problem with caste-based quotas is that those who are truly eligible in terms of economic backwardness lag behind. Thus, eligibility (for booking) should not be based solely on caste, but on economic condition, âhe explained.
Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said the communities’ current demands should be scientific and justified. âAny reserve review must be undertaken in accordance with guidelines, regardless of the caste that requires it,â he said.
The government, he said, was trying to meet the demands through the Backward Class Commission. âThere are aspirations expressed by various communities on the reservation. We cannot question that.