This refers to the article “Meritorious Candidate Fails” by Dr. Azmat Alam Khan (GK, Oct 22). Although the author has put the issue of reservation in jobs, promotions etc for the people belonging to different categories with a pinch of humor, but the issue is really a serious one and needs a timely attention otherwise we will be having difficult times in future. No one denies the fact that there are people who actually live in far flung areas and need to be given special treatment. There are people who actually are socially backward and underprivileged and need to be taken care of. The problem has been identified, discussed and system devised and put in place long back. But from quite some time it is felt that the current system has got loopholes which need to be fixed as soon as possible.
Practically, we see people living in cities and enjoying the benefits of RBA category generation after generation. We see people living luxurious and dignified life and holding SC category at the same time. As the number of such cases increases, so does the voice against reservation system in print and electronic media. But is it enough to curse the system all the time? Or should we come up with a solution? Our state is full of intellectuals and policy makers. It must not be that difficult to devise a system in which people from reserved categories will get benefitted without trespassing into the territory and hurting the interests of those belonging to unreserved or general category.
Let us move towards a credit based reservation system, in which a person (say Mr. Shabir) belonging to some reserved category will be having number of credits N associated with his category. When he gets a job or is promoted due to the fact that he belongs to the reserved category, his credits may be reduced by a number M, depending upon the pay scale of his post or the hike in the pay due to promotion. If Mr. Shabir is blessed with a child (Say Asim), then Asim will obviously belong to same reserved category as that of his father but he will have only N-M credits associated with his category. This way those reserved category people who get jobs with lucrative salary will be left with less credits to pass to the next generation and those reserved category people who only hold class 4th jobs will be left with more credits for themselves and their children. A day will come when all credits of reserved category people will be exhausted and their children will be treated as unreserved which seems reasonable and justified.
Afaq Alam Khan
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