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‘Supplement reservation with other instruments'

Staff Correspondent

Private sector must be asked to comply with social justice: Yogendra Yadav



PROGRESSIVE NOTE: Social scientist Yogendra Yadav addressing a convention of inter-caste couple organised by Lohia Janmashathabdhi Pratishthana at Karnataka Sangha in Shimoga on Sunday.

Shimoga: Renowned social scientist and political commentator Yogendra Yadav has underscored the need to supplement the reservation system by other mechanisms of social justice.

Addressing a convention of inter-caste couple organised by Lohia Janmashathabdhi Pratishthana at Karnataka Sangha here on Sunday, he said that the reservation system need to be re-invented and modified to face the complex challenges of the present age.

The private companies which rely on the government for benefits such as tenders and subsidies should be asked to adopt various instruments necessary to realise social justice. Employment opportunities were created in a large way in the private sector in India in recent times.

The private companies in the U.S. make public, the information on jobs offered for persons from various social and economic background every year. The private companies in India, which depend on the government, should be asked to make public their social justice profile or rectify the profile in case there were any lapses, he added.

Creating equal opportunities was a mechanism to realise social justice. The benefits of reservation were enjoyed by few castes, families, and individuals at present. The demands for quota within quota had stemmed from a similar discontent. Those who were benefited from the reservation system, should be considered only after the deprived were served, he said.

Quota in judiciary

It is time to assess the representation for various social groups in fields such as the judiciary and the army. The statistics on the representation for persons from various social and economic groups in these domains should be made public, he said.

The reservation should be extended by assessing the level of deprivation in a scientific manner. The class and gender should become a criteria to extend reservation. Minute details like schooling of the candidate, the medium of instruction, and the region where the school was located should be considered while assessing the level of deprivation, he said.

Social justice

The persons and political groups that opposed caste system had come to power in various States but the policies of social justice had suffered defeat.

Elaborating on the reasons for the defeat of anti-caste movement, he said that the movement remained obsessed with political power. Caste became the target for the movement, but the issues such as class and gender were not addressed.

Reservation was considered the sole means to realise social equality while the other possibilities were ignored.

The resources were divided among the various social groups in an arbitrary fashion.

The reservation system became over-inclusive and the benefits extended in an unscientific manner, he said.

Writer Rajeshwari Tejaswi inaugurated the convention. The former Minister S.K. Kantha and writer D.S. Nagabushana attended the convention.

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