In No Hurry, Bengal to Wait for SC Verdict on Quota Bill
CM Mamata Banerjee holds notification, questions higher economic threshold
Kolkata: Citing higher economic threshold, the West Bengal government has decided to wait for the Supreme Court order before moving in for the 10% reservation in the general category, sources said.
Since the day the NDA government announced reservation in education and jobs for the economically weaker section in the general caste, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been questioning the legal and constitutional validity of the decision.
In an administrative meeting in Nadia on Friday, she predicted that this decisionbytheNarendraModigovernment would affect the general category andshrinkopportunitiesevenmorefor childrencomingfromtheeconomically backword class. On the economic threshold of Rs 8 lakh per annum, she argued that one will have to compete with people who earn more than Rs 60,000 a month and, in this scenario, how would a farmer’s son get a job.
On Monday, Banerjee chaired a highlevelmeetingoneducationthatwenton for hours and announced some significant decisions. There was, however, no discussion on quota, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee told ET. “We have not yet issued any notification. And we cannot comment on this now, as the final call has not been taken,” he said.
A senior official at Nabanna said the Bill has been challenged in the court. “Wewouldwaitforthejudgmentasour chief minister has been repeatedly questioning the legal validity of this since the beginning,” he said.
Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has in Parliament asked for more clarity and demanded that the Bill be sent to a select committee for legal vetting.
TMC parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, spoke elaborately on this and MP Sukhendu SekharRoyalsoraisedsomesignificant issues. “This appears to be an absurd propositionandtherehasbeennostudy done on the same. If we consider the highersideof thethreshold,whichisRs 8 lakh a year, then the Bill includes the tax-paying people. It encompasses everyone barring few rich families. Isn’t it irrational? We said in Parliament that it required deeper study by the standing committee. The Bill should have also gone through a public scrutiny. But the 124th constitutional amendment was made by not showing any respect to the Parliament proceedings,” Roy said.