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Govt firm on AIIMS quota

New Delhi, Sept. 4 (PTI): The Centre today said in the Lok Sabha that it would issue orders to ensure the continuation of reservation policy for faculty in institutes like AIIMS, in case the Supreme Court rejects a review petition and upholds a decision to strike down the provision.

The assurance followed a strong Opposition demand for continuation of the reservations.

“I assure the House that our current policy is valid today and it will remain valid tomorrow also. If the apex court gives an unfavourable verdict, we will consult the attorney general and issue a GO (government order) to ensure that the policy remains in place in future too,” law minister Kapil Sibal said today.

After the Supreme Court turned down the reservation policy for SC/STs and OBCs in AIIMS, the government had filed a review petition on August 14 and an urgency application three days later, Sibal said.

This was done “as the entire House was concerned that there should be no change in the reservation policy for the weaker sections,” the law minister said while agreeing with the contention of Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav.

Yadav raised the issue during zero hour saying the court verdict could be overturned “only through an amendment to the Constitution”.

He said that despite assurances, the government has not brought any such amendment yet.