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Quota: Is increasing seats a solution?

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May 19, 2006 12:34 IST

As protests mount against the government's proposal to reserve 27 per cent of seats in educational institutions for the Other Backward Classes, the government has assured that the number of seats in the general category will not come down due to reservation.

The government committee headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee met protesting doctors in Delhi on May 18 and told them that a mechanism was being worked out by which the number of seats in the general category would not come down once the new reservation policy was implemented.

But the striking doctors are not convinced and maintain that the government has not given them any assurance on their demands for a rollback of the proposed quota and the setting up of a non-political judicial commission to look into the issue.

What do you think about the government's promise to ensure that the number of seats in the general category remain the same? Is it a fair way to resolve the issue that has so divided the nation? Should the government respect Parliament which amended the Constitution to provide for reservations for the OBCs? Tell us.

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