No Reservation In ISRO And BARC? – Caste Based Reservation System in India

We all are aware with this system irrespective of that we are beneficiary of this or not. It is based on the Article 46 of the Indian Constitution 1949. Which says that “Promotion of educational and economic interests of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation”

No doubt, this provision was necessity for that time but in current scenario it is becoming a disease, reducing the growth of the nation & spoiling the talents. Some people may ask for reason for this statement but list of explanation & examples for the support of my statement is too long .However I want your kind attention towards its two latest consequences.

Namrata Jain could not became an IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officer who secured 99th position in UPSC (Union Public Service commission)-2016 examination whereas Chandrakant Verma became an IAS officer who secured 352nd rank in the same examination. This is possible due to provisions of caste based reservation.

One candidate who scored zero marks in in general knowledge & educational psychology and he scored -9.79 in maths but still he got selected for the post of maths teacher. This is the case of an examination conducted by by RPSC (Rajasthan Public Service Commission) for selection for the post of maths teacher. Now big question is that what he will teach to his students.

These two cases are enough for showing exploitation of talent in India. At least some minimum standards are to be maintained. The point is not only of selection but also it includes the fees charged for examination. In almost all examination in India unreserved category candidate are charged high amount of fees even if he/she is from poor family background & on the other side reserved category candidates either exempted from fees or charged very minimal fees even if they are from very rich background.

Hence this system is discouraging general category candidates in both ways: mentally & financially.

There are some government organization in India where selection for researchers & scientist post are purely based on knowledge & hence there progress is well known. Like as-BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) & ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)

Here I am not saying that all reserved category candidates are not talented, I am trying to say that system approach must be go for “best among best” instead of “best among worst”

So there is the need of big changes. If we can’t abolish this system completely in short time, we must use some countermeasure for the improvements. We can take some of the following countermeasures

  1. Its base of reservation must be shifted to economic level of candidate.
  2. Reservation should be restricted to only one generation of beneficiary family.
    Meaning, if your father is a beneficiary, you don’t get any benefits.
  3. Government should provide fellowships to economically weak people so that they can prepare themselves for open competition rather providing them selections directly.
  4. Percentage of caste based reservation quota must be reduce.
  5. Minimum standards for cut-off marks of reserved category candidates must be established.

At last we hope that our politicians will think of nation over their own political benefits & will work for reducing the effects of caste based reservation system.

Article Written  By-

Ankit Bisariya

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