Creamy layer should continue to enjoy – Dr Ramdoss
Dr Ramadoss opposed the introduction of a "creamy layer" in reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions. "There is no mention of creamy layer in the Constitution and we follow the law of the land," he told a private TV channel.
Only those not familiar with Tamilnadu will be shocked.
This is the problem with the system ! Different people have different views about the quota system. For many the quota system has nothing to do with social justice at all, it is just a mechanism of preferential treatment. They cannot understand why a high economic and living standard should be a basis for losing that preferential treatment.
Most people will be shocked that TN does not exclude the creamy layer from the OBC quota. As a result a small set of affluent OBCs corner the medical seats year after year, generation after generation. This is touted as a great success of reservations !. Dr Anbumani himself is the son of a doctor, in TN his son too will be eligible for the quota. A poor woodcutter, cook, priest, or masons son (of any caste) has absolutely no chance against a second or third generation doctor who goes to the best schools and lives in air conditioned mansions. Is this social justice in action ?
To add to the confusion there is a TOTAL LACK of monitoring of the system not only in Tamilnadu but all through India. You cant even get answers to simple questions like "What progress has OBC community X made in the past 50 years in terms of professional education ?"
All political parties in TN hate the creamy layer exclusion concept. Even after 16 years there is no chance it will be implemented here. So, the cornerstone of the Mandal recommendation has been thrown out the window and life goes on !
Now, he has been included in the set of ministers studying the concept of quota. It seems the rest of India must get ready for TN style quotas.
The increase in seats to match the quota is a major deception because it is only one time and all new additions or new institutes will not reflect the increased seats. So any future expansion of seats (say in 2-3 years time) will not reflect these increases.