New Delhi: Armed with the backing of states on the OBC (other backward classes) quota issue, the Centre is likely to move the Supreme Court on Monday with a plea to modify and vacate its order staying the 27% reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions from the coming academic year. Sources said the application in this regard has been completed and was vetted by ministries concerned after talks held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with leaders of UPA and its allies as well as the Opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The application is likely to reiterate the government’s stand on the reservation issue, including the need to provide for reservation to the creamy layer among OBCs. A meeting of state education ministers convened by human resources development minister Arjun Singh last week also saw states coming out in strong support of ensuring the quota being made applicable from this academic session. The government has to act fast since the Indian Institutes of Management have set 21 April as the deadline for announcing their final selection list.
India favours common position with China
Beijing: Commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath said on Sunday that it was important for India and China to take a “common and harmonized” position at the Doha round of WTO negotiations. Nath, who arrived here for consultations with Chinese officials, said it was important for the two Asian majors to take a common stand on issues of vital interests to both at the multilateral trade negotiations.
Insurance scheme to tackle farmer suicides
New Delhi: In an attempt to tackle farmer suicides, the government will soon introduce a weather-based, crop-specific insurance scheme in Maharashtra and a few other states. Agriculture Insurance Company of India would come out with a scheme during the coming kharif season in June in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Karnataka to provide cover to farmers from crop failures.