The education system of the country has changed drastically over the years students are suffering due to increase in reservation. Save Merit Save Nation group is fightingÂ to save the merit based system in our country.
Dr Anil Champalal Laddhad one of the pioneer member of Save Merit Save Nation movement shared
In the state of Maharashtra Reservation in education and job has been increased considerably. Previously it was 52 % but since last few months it has drastically escalated to 78%. The addition of 26% of reservation is due to 10 % of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and 16% of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC).
The sudden increase of 26% of reservation was a political move and the SEBC Act was enacted in a single day and was also applied to the ongoing admission process of medical PG admission process.
The fact is that EWS reservation ordinance was brought by the Central government wherein they have notified to apply it after increasing 10% of seats in all the admissions for EWS especially. However government of Maharashtra also enacted on heist and applied the EWS reservation without making arrangements of increasing seats as was evident in the original act.
Therefore, application of EWS act for current admissions was challenged in Supreme Court and as a result it was squashed on May 30, 2019.
Similarly, SEBC act for reservation for the current admission process was challenged however it was rejected by the High Court, after which the government of Maharashtra moved to Supreme Court where the appeal was rejected yet again.
Both the episodes clearly showed illegality committed by government of Maharashtra in applying SEBC reservation for current admission process.
The constitutional validity of SEBC act has also been challenged in Mumbai High Court on which the judgement will be passed after the vacations. It has been observed that the government is utilizing reservation policies for vote bank only rather than social welfare hence it is a commendable act.
Save Merit, Save Nation movement is an effort to unite all those sections of society which comes under the open merit category i.e. the citizens who cannot claim constitutional reservations.
There is a class of people who inspite of claiming constitutional reservations supports the move of having maximum of 50% reservation policy only. Supreme Court has also given directive of upper limit reservation has 50%. Therefore our demand is that we want maximum of 50 % of reservation and minimum 50% for open category, if not then we will fight for the same at all the levels.
Dr Laddhad visualises a day where people will not write the name of their communities but instead as open merit category. Though the different communities which fall under the open merit category are in minority but if they get united they can form a majority.
Unitedly they will be able to pose challenge before the government for equality. It is aptly clear that this group is not asking for favour, they are asking for upholding for the merits which is essential for the development of individual, society as well as country.
Our next strategy is to organise various rallies and make people aware about the current situation. Awareness will culminate in more and more people joining the agitation, which will lead to a change.
A message for the masses: Everybody should believe in oneself, running after reservation will make a person weak and it stops the developmental thinking process f we want to see our Nation as a develop country, equality must be proposed by the government, informed Dr Anil Champalal Laddhad.
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