New Delhi: A Bill seeking to exempt some central institutions from implementing the other backward castes quota was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The amendment, already approved by the Rajya Sabha, is applicable to institutions where implementation of the Act exceeds the 50 per cent reservation limit fixed by the Supreme Court.
The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill, 2012, also seeks to extend the time-frame for full implementation of the Act keeping in mind the time taken to create additional facilities in institutions.
Introducing the bill, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the measure seeks to balance state and central reservation policies.
The amendment says that if seats reserved for Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes in a central educational institution exceed 50 per cent of the annual strength permitted, the institution need not make any reservation for OBCs.
According to the amendment, if such an institution is located in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Assam`s tribal areas, the percentage of seats reserved for SC/ST candidates will not be reduced from the level obtaining on the date immediately preceding the date of the Act`s commencement.
Participating in the debate, Ganesh Singh (BJP) talked of "imbalance" in the education standards for the poor and the rich and sought a remedy.
Pradeep Tamta (Cong) said a similar law to provide reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs was required for unaided private educational institutions.
Shailendra Kumar (SP) demanded 30 per cent quota for SCs and STs keeping in mind latest census figures.
Baliram (BSP) said quota facilities to certain communities are not available throughout the country and was limited to their states. He said the list of SCs, STs and OBCs should be regularised to end confusion.
Others who participated in the debate included Ratna De (TMC), R Thamaraiselven (DMK), Sakti Mohan Malik (CPI-M), Mohan Jena (BJD), Ganeshrao Nagorao Dudhgaonkar (SS), S Semmalai (AIADMK), Rama Devi (BJP) and Bibhu Prasad Tarai (CPI).