Govt to bring Ordinance or Bill on Quota issue in Varsities: Javadekar

New Delhi, Feb 11: Amid debate about the Modi government's sincerity on the issue of reservation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs category people in jobs in universities, the government on Monday asserted that it will bring an ordinance if the Supreme Court rejects its review petition.

"The Government is firmly committed to implementing reservation for OBCs, SCs and STs. If necessary, we can bring a new law or an ordinance if the review petition filed in the court is rejected," HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

Responding to a supplementary questions from BJP member Ganesh Singh and Dharmendra Yadav of Samajwadi Party, he said the number of vacant posts of OBCs, SC and ST communities in jobs of the organisations under Ministry of HRD is not 'centrally maintained'.

As per norms of the Government of India, he said the percentage of reservation for OBC, SC and ST categories under the HRD ministry is 27 per cent, 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively. 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had announced in March last year that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.

This had come in the wake of a ruling by the Allahabad High Court in April in 2017.

Samajwadi Party and BSP members had raised the matter in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, February 7 as well. (UNI)