Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar struck an ominous note
that businesses must create a reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes in the private sector voluntarily in the near future as "Time is running
Refusing to answer questions that demanded a definition of “time” and specify
a timetable, she plans to present to the Federal Cabinet a plan from a Group of
Ministers that proposes reservations in private sector "at the earliest" and
insisted that reservation "has to be done and done fast".
She rejected suggestions that this issue has to be handled after the
reservation of the Other Backward Classes is addressed, saying that "There is a
lot of pressure on me. I am working under lot of pressure but I want it to be
done, done amicably and without any type of confrontation. Time is running
Kumar was evasive whether the Government would address this matter before the
Monsoon Session of Parliament or before the next round of Assembly polls,
including in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh scheduled early next year.
She remained vague when asked if she wants to bring legislation saying "If they
will not do it, then the matter is before the Cabinet and it will decide".