Loksatta Founder Jayaprakash Narayan said that the 10% reservations for economically backward casters in general category could bring in social and political crisis in the country if it is not tackled well. "The objective behind this is good to bring in economically backward people into reservations. However, this will be challenged constitutionally," he added.Stating that the reservations could at least introduce debates, he said that those who are enjoying the seeds of reservations are just a few people who already have money. "Why would an IAS officer's son or daughter need a reservation? If a construction labour's child got 87 marks and an IAS officer's child got 90 marks, the labourer's child should be considered and given an opportunity because he/she is already disadvantaged," he said, speaking about providing fair opportunities.
For instance: "If a person is a crorepati and belongs to SC/ST/BC or any other caste other than OCs, why do they need reservations? Therefore, poor people who cannot afford education are being deprived of opportunities without reservations. And, poor people in those particular castes also are losing out. So, the government needs to be careful in implementing this properly," he added, stating that the government needs to implement this without breaching the constitutional limit of 50% and balance it well.
Government could do these two things: "First, look at parents' education. If parents belong to the unorganised sector, look at their education background. Second, look at which school their kids are going to. These two can determine who is poor and who needs education and employment opportunities. That is how the government can take a call," he concluded.