Can we compare the level of education and upbringing of a child from a family having an annual income of Rs. 8 lakh per annum with the child of the same caste whose family’s annual income is Rs. 4 lakhs? Obviously we can’t.
Question arises – why did BJP increase the income limit for the creamy layer in the case of the OBCs ?
In fact, the party that has been shouting from rooftops about its commitment towards “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat” (One India Excellent India) is now only interested in power and does not want to lose power under any circumstances. Therefore, it has played the caste card by raising the income limit of the creamy layer of the OBCs. But is this not sheer injustice for those from the OBCs who are financially backward?
As there is no provision for creamy layer or income limit for the SCs and STs, only about 2 to 3% families from these sections have benefitted from the quota system in last 67 years. In the same way, the poor and the most deprived among the OBCs would now suffer and fail to derive the benefit of reservation as the income limit for the OBCs has now been raised.
The deprived sections cutting across caste lines can progress only if we have reservation on economic basis.