13 Oct 2016 04:27am IST
Shivanshu K. Srivastava
This year has witnessed various skirmishes of different caste groups craving for reservation benefits.
These agitations started with the Jats in Haryana coming into conflict in February 2016, followed by Patels and few other communities who came into play and now the Marathas are seeking quotas for the same selfish motives. All these communities, contrary to their claims, are assertive and affluent in their regions and their demands look more greedy than needy. It is noteworthy that in the recent years the number of government jobs is decreasing considerably; the most recent example of this is the decision of Niti Aayog to set to shut down 15 PSUs. The increasing rate of reduction in the number of jobs in various government departments is catalysing the rapacity in various caste groups. And it will not be anything strange if another caste group soon comes forward seeking reservation benefit.
By an estimation, the Jats own three-fourths of the agricultural land in Haryana. Notwithstanding their self-standing, the Haryana Government agreed to give 10% reservations to the Jats. The state of Gujarat already has 50% reservation bestowed upon OBCs, SCs and STs. This was the reason why the court had to quash the ordinance that provided 10% reservation to the economically weaker sections of the general category, as quota can't exceed the 50% limit, as directed by the Supreme Court. Despite this, the state government did not alter the quota percentage of the reserved categories to adjust for the poor people, who actually need reservation. Still, the Patels headed for seeking reservation even with a prosperous and dominant populace.
Now, the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis seems to have knelt down to the demand of the Marathas, assessing the elections next year. Instead of making reservations the issue in elections to lure particular masses for votes, the leaders should debate on strategies to improve the administration and governance.
Strictly speaking, asking for caste-centric reservations is as disreputable as the act of begging. We all live in a welfare state and by selecting the undeserving candidates for the deserving ones, we are indeed worsening the overall development of the nation. The atrocities and violence abrupted this year have wasted hundreds of crores national income. If the reservation policy in India is not revamped, then this problem will surely take a more violent and devastating form in near future.