Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Help Tamil Nadu Identify Creamy Layer

Tamil Nadu has gone back to the Supreme Court and has pleaded it be exempted from implementing the creamy layer concept because
"No one in the list of Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes of this State has represented to this government that the non-exclusion of creamy layer affects their interest in getting the reservation benefit." the State said
This is a lame excuse and does not address why creamy layer exclusion has not been implemented in spite of Supreme Court's directive. If the reservation system with all its deficiencies can be implemented and run amok, then a way can be definitely found to implement the creamy layer exclusion and give the reservation benefits to the real needy folks. But, the fact of the matter is that no politician will ever implement this creamy layer policy, particularly after MGR's failure in this front.

But, let us forget reality for a minute and help Tamil Nadu implement creamy layer exclusion concept. Here are mine:
  1. Avail reservation only once: Each individual belonging to the reserved category and they could perhaps choose when they want to avail that benefit. Once used, they will be become part of the creamy layer.
  2. Exclude students going to private schools: If parents of wards belonging to reserved category can afford to send their ward to private schools then they must have the financial wherewithal. So they can be classified as part of the creamy layer.
  3. Income limit: This is a very old idea on the and perhaps most difficult in light of the many different ways in which income can be generated and accounted. But if Government wants to, they can.
What's your take?