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Scared OBC lobby opposes independent enquiry of OBC socio-economic status

Once again we are witnessing the sorry spectacle of a crucial survey being entrusted to a govt body which can needless to say be expected to paint a scenario suitable to the (pseudo)backward classes. An independent enquiry wuould have blown huge holes in the current campaign, hence the opposition to an independent outsourced enquiry. An independent enquiry of OBCs alone will serve no purpose unless their is a comparative study of other groups.

BSY Govt opts not to outsource survey on OBC 13.10.08

PT Bopanna | Bangalore

In a victory of sorts for the backward classes movement in the State, the BJP Government in Karnataka on Sunday decided not to outsource the socio-economic survey of OBC to private agencies.

Even as former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his supporters had convened a meeting on Sunday to discuss the outsourcing issue, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa announced that the survey would not be outsourced, but will be conducted by the Government.

Karnataka was one of the first States to order a socio-economic survey to determine the condition of the OBCs in the State.

Karnataka Backward Classes Commission Chairman CS Dwarakanath told The Pioneer that the Union Government had allocated Rs 21.5 crore to the Commission for the socio-economic survey on a pilot basis. Besides, he said the Karnataka Government had released Rs 2 crore for the survey.

After the BJP Government assumed office four months ago, the new Ministry was toying with the idea of outsourcing the survey to private agencies.

However, most of the OBC organisations and major political parties had opposed the move.

Dwarakanath said the statute of the backward classes commission did not provide for outsourcing the survey, as this was the sole duty of the commission. He felt that outsourcing would come in the way of transparency and accountability.

Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge had written to the Government opposing outsourcing. The issue of outsourcing was the "main agenda" at the meeting of his supporters called by Siddaramaiah on Sunday.

Siddaramaiah, who has been marginalised in the Congress, has been meeting his supporters to chalk out his future strategy and one of the options was to revive AHINDA, a forum of minorities, dalits and backward classes.

Yeddyurappa has succeeded in taking the wind out of the sails of the backward classes movement leaders who were planning to oppose outsourcing in a big way.


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