Thiruvananthapuram: With the Nair Service Society (NSS) deciding to withdraw its petition in the Supreme Court against hiking the creamy layer cap in reservations, the stage appears set for greater alliance of majority communities in Kerala.
The NSS had moved the apex court against the state government order raising the creamy layer ceiling from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh.
However, with serious efforts being made for an alliance between the NSS, which represents Nairs (14% of state’s population) and SNDP, the organisation of Ezhavas who constitute 24% population, the decision is been seen as a major step forward in the direction and the formation of the proposed Hindu League.
NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair said that NSS was earlier opposed to raising the creamy layer cap, however, owing to the changed times, the organisation has decided to give up the dispute on the creamy layer.
“When the NSS and other majority communities have reached a point of reconciliation we would not oppose them in claiming their benefits. Besides, the S R Sinhu National Commission for the Forward Communities had submitted its recommendations for the creation of a new category of Economically Backward Communities so that the benefit of reservation could be extended to the economically backward sections among the forward communities. Since the report is under the consideration of the Central Government, we will wait for its implementation soon,” he was quoted as saying by a news channel.
SNDP general secretary SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said NSS’ decision showed their “big heart” and termed it as a major step in the process of Nair-Ezhava unity.
First Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 15:42