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Anti-quota protestors seek help of RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 11, 2006

Anti-quota protestors seek help of RTI

July 10, 2006 23:18 IST
Last Updated: July 10, 2006 23:40 IST

The anti-quota protestors on Monday filed an application with the Human Resources Development Ministry seeking to know the status of reservations at various universities across the country under the Right to Information Act.

The Youth For Equality, which led a campaign against the Centre’s controversial Other Backward Classes quota proposals, sought information on the total number of seats in various educational institutes and the number reserved for people belonging to SC/ST/OBCs.

“We want to use RTI to find out what has the government done from 1992 to 2006. We want to know how many reserved seats and general seats were filled in each year and we want this information categorywise for SC/ST/OBC and general. We want to know what was done with the vacant seats in each of the above years?” asked Dr Manish Nathani, a YFE representative.

“We want the government to tell us what is the total number of seats in all these institutions and how many of them are reserved,” he said.

Claiming that they wanted to “expose” the central government’s inability to uplift the backward classes since Independence, the members sought to know if students of reserved category were ever given any scholarships or financial help.

“The government should indicate the number of reserved category students whose family income was above Rs 2 lakhs per annum since 1992. Also how many of such students were given scholarships to pursue their studies?” another representative asked.


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