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Moily rules out bulldozing quota proposal
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August 12, 2006 12:11 IST

Amid hiccups over a consensus on OBC quota, Oversight Committee Chairman Veerappa Moily has ruled out any "bulldozing" of the proposal for 27 per cent reservation in elite and central educational institutions.

He also asserted that protecting the excellence of educational institutions would be the "main theme".

"There is no question of bulldozing the implementation of 54 per cent. We are clear about it... I will examine institution-wise and decide whether they can go in one go or in phases," he told Karan Thapar's 'Devil's Advocate' programme on CNN-IBN.

The committee set up to prepare a roadmap for the 27 per cent OBC reservation would take a holistic approach, he said adding, he has "an open mind" about introducing the 54 per cent increased seats in a phased manner rather than at one go.

"It's an open-ended decision. I'm keeping my mind open, this side or that... some institutioins may come forward and say that with the kind of proposals made by the Oversight Committee we can go at one go. That is likely to happen. And some institutions will say it is impossible even if all the facilities are lying there," Moily said.

Asked specifically whether the committee would allow individual institutions to decide on the implementation, he said "very true, very true".

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