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ESSAY : Reservation in Private Sector
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:42


Reservation in Private Sector

 

“It is a bitter truth that reservation has resulted in mediocrity and repudiation of quality. With the help of legislative support of reservation, the ineligible have been promoted to the high posts and the better qualified with high marks have just been looking the injustice being done to them for no fault of theirs.”

The basic concept of providing reservation to downtrodden society called Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe, initially through our Constitution has altogether changed now. Reservation might have provided some relief to the people from poor and downtrodden sections who had scarce opportunities but the same could have been provided through subsidized better education and other support services. Once a concession or any kind of privilege is extended to a particular class it is impossible for any government to withdraw it in a democracy where voting decides the fate of any party.

Indian democracy is called by some thinkers as mob-cracy, where the illiterate mob, decides the fate of the political parties. The privilege of reservation once given was extended every time as to withdrawing of this privilege means definite removal regional parties can assure to grant the privilege if voted for power. This issue of reservation has become a political concession to garner vote banks.

Reservation in government jobs was opposed many times by other classes and not justifiable after 56 years of independence. Reservation means jobs to inefficient and incompetents at the cost of other competent and more efficient intellectuals.

In the present scenario the things have altogether changed. Both government and private sector are strengthening educational and training facilities and the government is subsidizing education even at IIMS so there is no ground for continuing with the reservation policy.

Now the point of extending reservation to the private sector is also being raised from the political platform, little realizing the disastrous consequences for the country. It is argued by protagonists of extending reservation in private sector on account of privatization and the withdrawal of State from many spheres under the liberalization and due to rapid narrowing of the state sector on account of regime the little room is left for the reserved class to get jobs. If the prevalence of economic discrimination is the justification for reservation in public sector why can it not be the reason for reservation in private sector. In Countries like U.S.,Northern Ireland, Malaysia and others in Latin America, affirmative action was developed from the very beginning both in public and the private sector. As such the demand for introducing reservation in the private sector is being raised in order to set off the long injustice to the reserved category or so called untouchables. It is further demanded injustice to the reserved category or so called untouchables.  It is further demeaned that India must enact an Equal Employment Opportunity Act (as in United States) so as to provide safeguards against discrimination. This could be supplemented by affirmative action in terms of reservation in some categories of jobs and other markets.

So far private sector is concern, it is purely a commercial concern, set up to earn profits or investible surplus to earn more profits. The objective of the private sector to earn profit can’t be achieved if it is forced to run by less competent people. This is an age of globalization, liberalization where no business can be successful if it has incompetent, inefficient manpower.  Success in the competition requires highly skilled, most competent, most dedicated and result oriented working class, not the people who has been supported with the stick of reservation. Everyone knows that any private enterprise grows with the support and hard work of the specialized and technically trained, well educated highly motivated manpower. How can a company be expected to carry on with the staff employed under the reservation quota. Not only from the point of efficiency, competence is important, it must also be kept in mind, that for the last 56 years, the general class candidates have been suffering a lot because of the reservation provided to their counterparts.

During the short regime of Mr. V.P. Singh the then PM, several youth lost their lives against the recommendations of Mandal Commissions. It is a bitter truth, that reservation has resulted in mediocrity and repudiation of quality. With the help of legislative support of reservation, the ineligibles have climbed to the high posts and the better qualified with high marks, have just been looking the injustice being done to them for no fault of theirs.

“Reservation is against the fundamental principles of humanity, it is against the dictates of reason that a man should by reason of birth be denied or given extra privileges.” – Mahatma Gandhi

This is the demand of time the present policy of reservation even in public sector should be reviewed honesty without considering its political repercussion for the real good of the general public. So far reservation in private sector is concern, it is neither justified nor have any propriety kee[ping in view the objectives of the private concern.

Providing any kind of facilities, subsidies and financial aid can be justified, but reservation in private sector shall ruin the business competence, efficiency and jeopardize the growth of the economy totally.