WHY THE IDEA OF RESERVATION WITHIN RESERVATION FOR NORTH- EASTERN STs MAKES SENSE!
Northeast Today|August 2020
WHY THE IDEA OF RESERVATION WITHIN RESERVATION FOR NORTH- EASTERN STs MAKES SENSE!
The just declared UPSC 2019 results have seen a particular ST community outside the North-Eastern region grabbing nearly 40% of the total ST seats reserved.
T S Haokip

This is not the first instance and not the only type of examinations dominated by the said particular community; SSC, IBPS, and Railways- the largest recruiter for Govt and Public sector enterprises too have similar pictures. The founding fathers of our constitution having felt the genuine need for an idea of equality in terms of employment and opportunities apart from politics had envisaged in the constitution the provision for the state to reserve seats for certain sections of the society who were underprivileged, backward and cut out from social, political and economic developments not just under the British Raj but for centuries altogether. While many argued that the idea of positive discrimination is against equality, it is in practice an initiative to ensure equality on a larger perspective.

The idea of the importance of representation in legislation has among many- a geographically earmarked constituency and as such has met its intended purpose. However, in the case of job opportunities, there is a systematic flaw; it does not guarantee equitable opportunities to all as more backward communities in the STs are yet to taste the fruit of reservation.

Performance scene in 2019-2020

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August 2020