It refers to Supreme Court observation on October 26, 2017 rightly querying central government on not adopting principle of phasing out categories of creamy layer from benefits of reservation. If reservation is to be continued indefinitely, all reserved categories like SC, ST or OBC should be merged into one single category with an annual review of progress or benefits made by different sections of reserved categories by virtue of Reservation. Communities with creamy layers may be deleted from reserved categories by taking these as, leaving opportunities for reservation for really deserving backward categories. Also since backwardness in reserved categories is due to their generally having large families, benefits of reservations may be reserved for persons-families with up to two children only. Present system makes professional politicians (and their family-members) from reserved categories enjoy fruits of reservation-policy despite their being ultra-rich and influential in politics and society.

Madhu Agrawal

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