Congratulations to Mahesh Giriji for introducing a private members bill to undo the damage done by 93rd Ammendment.
Article 15(5) was inserted in the Constitution through the Ninety-Third Constitutional Amendment in 2006 with an object ‘to promote the educational advancement of the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in matters of admission of students belonging to these categories in aided or unaided educational institutions’. Our society has indeed benefitted by this and the Government has provided reservation for children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups popularly known as the economically weaker sections in all private unaided primary schools. But, in the Ninety-Third Constitutional Amendment, minority institutions as defined under article 30(1) were kept out of the purview of article 15(5). This is clearly against the idea of equality as weaker sections of society for whom the provision has been enacted, would not be able to reap the benefits of the provision of reservation. The benefits of reservation should also be extended in admission to minority run educational institutions to achieve the purpose of the Ninety-Third Constitutional Amendment. Moreover, in any society, a positive step which promotes the idea of equality, any waiver must not be given to some particular group of the society. Hence this Bill.
Team Sadhana offers its best wishes to Mahesh Giriji. We need more politicians like Mahesh Giri.