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Narendran panel report: NSS rejects IUML offer

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KOTTAYAM, FEB. 1 . The Nair Service Society (NSS) leadership today asserted that "there was no relevance or scope" for a dialogue to reach a consensus on the implementation of the recommendations of the Narendran Commission Report.

Talking to The Hindu here, the NSS general secretary, P.K. Narayana Panicker, said: "Our avowed position is that the very constitution of the Narendran Commission has no legal sanctity."

The NSS believes that the recommendations of the Commission had proved beyond doubt that its aim was to circumvent the situation arising out of the striking down of Act 16 of 1995 of the Kerala Legislature, by the Apex Court, he added.

"A case to this effect, filed by the NSS, is still pending before the Supreme Court and as such there was no scope or relevance for holding a discussion for arriving at a consensus regarding the issue," the NSS general secretary said.

Mr. Panicker was reacting to the reported statement by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader, P.K. Kunhalikutty, on his party's willingness to hold talks with the NSS for a consensus on the issue of reservation of jobs for minorities in Government service as recommended by the Narendran Commission report.

"There is no scope for talks when we disagree with the basic structure and presumptions," Mr. Narayana Panicker said.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court had accepted the recommendations of the Justice Joseph Commission report "in toto" and none of the parties, who are now voicing their demands, had taken up the matter at that time.

G. Sukumaran Nair, assistant secretary, echoed the sentiments expressed by the NSS general secretary and said the NSS was of the firm opinion that the setting up of the Narendran Commission and its recommendations were made on wrong premises.

Mr. Sukumaran Nair said it was misleading to say that the NSS was opposed to the implementation of the Narendran Commission report because it went against the interests of the Nair community alone.

If implemented, the recommendations would go against the interests of the economically backward in all communities, including those in the minorities, Mr. Sukumaran Nair pointed out.

"Our opposition to the recommendations of the Narendran Commission is firmly rooted in our fight for social justice, irrespective of caste, creed or religion," Mr. Sukumaran Nair said.

He also took exception to the statement by Mr. Kunhalikutty.

The statement gave the impression that the IUML leader was moving ahead with the pre-conceived idea of "implementing the recommendations of the Narendran commission" after holding talks with organisations like the NSS, he said.

This is too much to expect, to say the least, from an organisation which has approached the Supreme Court against not only the recommendations, but also the very constitution of the commission," he said.

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