DMK meet on inclusion of creamy layer in quota

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Chennai, Apr 18: The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam's (DMK) high-level committee will meet here this evening to chalk out a strategy to include creamy layer in the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in higher educational institutions.

The meeting will be chaired by DMK President and Chief Minister Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. On Thursday, M. Karunanidhi said that there is no change in the DMK's stand of opposing the concept of creamy layer for reservation.

He also said that his party would also have discussion with its allies and then decide its strategy on the issue.

On April 10, the Supreme Court had upheld the Government's decision of 27 per cent quota for OBCs in higher educational institutions, while pronouncing its verdict on the constitutional validity of the controversial law.

The apex court had decided that the Central Government was legally right to provide OBC quotas in higher educational institutions like the IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

The apex court, however, had asked the Government to exclude the creamy layer from the reservation quota.

The court had also asked the Government to include children of MPs and MLAs in the creamy layer, thereby excluding them from the quota.

The new policy, if implemented, would take the overall reservation in the Government-funded higher education institutions from the current 22.5 (for SC and ST students) to 49.5 per cent.


ANI

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