Dealing with the controversy of Reservations

Posted by Gautam Kanekar
September 17, 2017

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Caste based reservations have been a subject to many controversies in India . Talented students who deserve a seat in a an institution are denied admission just due to reservations .This has disappointed many people ,but at the same time , we can’t deny the fact that caste based discrimination still exists in India. Thus, we still need reservations . In such a situation I will like to suggest a solution which can work as a consensus between both the parties – the groups who support reservations and those who don’t. The following are some solutions to the regarded problem:-
  1. Provisions for the system of reservations were made in 1979 under the Mandal commission by the govt. of PM Morarji Desai. 27% of seats were reserved for students of the reserved category. But a fact to note here is that the              socio- economic condition of the reserved classes was much different in 1979 than it is today . Which means that the reserved category groups have improved very well with the rapid development, increased social awareness and the growing no. of opportunities .One such example was a dalit family which holds a record for the maximum no. of doctorates  ( which is something to be proud about) .So , today it is affordable to decrease the percentage of seats under reservation as the people under the reserved category have shown considerable improvement in  their socio- economic status over the years ……..
  2. The govt. can conduct a survey to get a proper idea of the current socio-economic condition of the reserved classes. This can be compared with the data obtained about their socio-economic condition from the last survey. This will help us estimate the improvement made by them through the years.
  3. Now , by considering the proportion of people  who are in a good condition to their total population, the percentage decrease to be made in the no. of seats can be decided .
  4. The parameters I will like to suggest to determine whether they are in a considerable condition or not are:.
  5. Educational qualification of the family members.
  6. Social status of the family members – in terms of the occupation practised by the family members and whether the family is mixed up with other communal groups or only with the people of their own community.
  7. The property owned by the family.
  8. The monthly income of the family.
  9. The Eleven determining factors of the Mandal commission can also be taken into consideration.
These are some of the important parameters according to me. The govt. can decide about it’s own parameters.
But I seriously feel that working on this idea can prove to be very helpful in solving th3 issue as this method opts for cooperation between both the groups which is a considered a very prominent option while solving a dispute in a democracy.
(1) The Dalit family that holds record for maximum doctorates.
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