Address the core issue.
A Problem warrants a solution, nevertheless the solution should never warrant a new problem. Sounds too bland and common-sense ??? True, however, the biggies in the National Commission for the Backward Castes (NCBC) seem to give this logic a miss , at least for this time .
Recently the commission has made some interesting proposals to raise the income limit for the candidates who come under the creamy layer.(Readers do know the fact that Candidates whose income limits place them under the creamy layer are not eligible for the benefits under the OBC Quota ) The Commission proposes that the current creamy layer income limit of Rs.4.5 Lakh be upgraded to Rs.12 Lakhs in Metros and Rs. 9 Lakhs in non metro cities. The commission, on its part, cites the stats which say that a number of jobs and a number of seats in the educational institutions (that fall under the OBC quota) have remained vacant due to the unavailability of suitable candidates.According to the commission, the current income limit for the creamy layer is putting a number of eligible and well qualified candidates out of the eligibility zone and increasing this limit will help them fill these seats.
This solution indeed is dangerous than the problem itself . One, it might grossly bypass the Supreme Court guideline to provide the affirmative action only to the needy.The supreme Court guidelines are available here.
Two, it still does not address the basic problem for which the reservations have come into picture, the very reason we have reservations is due to the fact that people in certain communities do need affirmative action so that they can compete with the people in the general category. On that, the concept of creamy layer was added so that the affirmative action reaches out to the person really deserving and the already empowered can make way for the more deserving candidate. Now, by increasing the limit to Rs 9 Lakh or Rs 12 Lakh , the law might bring everyone including the empowered OBC’s into the reservation ambit. Imagine a doctor’s /district collector’s son/daughter competing with the son/daughter of poor farmer or a carpenter . We all know the result even before the fight begins, isn’t it ? .When will that person get the benefit , if all the fruits are eaten way by the already empowered member of his own community?
The other core question, if a person makes Rs 9 lakh per annum and we are forced to believe that s/he is not empowered then who else is empowered in this country ??? If the NCBC is genuinely concerned regarding the plight of the OBC’s in the country , they should be giving suggestions on increasing the standards of teaching in the schools where the poor of India study, they might come out with suggestions on helping the college going student who is not able to clear the interview, they should be suggesting on how government can chip in and help the OBC’s reduce the costs needed to get the proper education, if they do not do this and simply raise the income limits , the problem is going simply compound and the poor among the OBCs are going to bear the brunt.
I believe NCBC is not that tactless that they do not know all these points , do they not know that this will only add to the misery of the already poor and less empowered sections of BC’s ?? the aam admi of this country with his aam intelligence can surely see the hidden “Hand” which is trying to get this done via NCBC,no prizes for guessing the motives of this luckless “Hand” ,2014 elections for beginners.