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into one group does not per se lead to any conclusion of homogeneity among them? There was a self-incriminating cynicism in which this homogenous category was constructed Minority OBCs ought to be included in existing scheme of reservations Excluding Muslim OBCsfor examplesolely on account of their religion is unfair But is there a case to be made for a set apart from the fact that they are a minority What does minority add to a backward OBC tag The presumptive argument is this Minority (particularly Muslim) OBCs cannot compete with Hindu OBCs This is a plausible argumentbut only superficially so This will be true of many subgroups Malas and Madigas; Gujjars and Jats cannot compete with each other It is possible to bite the bullet and accept greater and greater sub-classification Courtssince Indra Sawhneyhave been open to sub-classification But since Chinnayyathey have baulked at the reduction ad absurdum this can lead to The presence of different social groups in government needs to be enhanced But the manner in which it is enhanced is important We seem to be moving towards reducing the legitimacy of institutions entirely to social composition: so much for Gujjarsfor Malasfor Jatsfor Muslims and so on This is not about equal opportunityit is about distributing the spoils of state power strictly according to castethus perpetuating it These are two entirely different visionsand we are unconsciously drifting from one to the other There is another subtler issue The court is repeatedly demanding evidence for backwardness But there is no empirical and normative framework for the relevant evidence For examplework by Rakesh Basant shows that it is quite likely that the best predictor of individuals access to education is their parents education If trueit opens up an intriguing possibility An effective targeting mechanism would be to design an affirmative action scheme based on the degree of education parents receivedand cut through contorted community classifications Orat a greater level of complexitythere are deprivation indexes that allow more variegated targeting But the relevance of this kind of evidence is ruled out right from the start The evidence in terms of caste/ minority assumes the framework it seeks to establish; it seeks to perpetuate the dominance of these categories rather than transcend them Some contend that the courts should entirely defer to the executive and legislature on these matters Howeverit is not clear why courts cannot ensure whether like cases are being treated alikeor whether the constitutional project of emancipation from caste is being reversed But the courts are normatively confused about the objectives of reservation The recent Supreme Court judgment in UP Power Corporation vs Rajesh Kumar & Othersstriking down UP government rules providing for consequential senioritybrings this out One of the grounds on which it strikes down rules is insufficient data But the demand for data is confusing There is no clarity on the rationale for the unit of data: why should it be the cadrerather than services as a whole To what normative end do we require data The court relies on Nagarajwhich had a normative core Reservations are a device for compensating for unequal starting positions: they are justified in areas like admission and recruitment You are making unequals equal by compensatory measures In the case of promotionsthe argument goesonce you have equalisedpreferential treatment will mean treating equals unequally This was leading to anomalieswhere the gap between the chances of promotion of general category officers and reserved category officials was risingalmost to the point of making equality of opportunity a problematic concept In Nagarajthe court was trying to articulate an equal opportunity conception of reservation rather than an equal representation conception of reservation But ironicallyin UP Power Corpthe courts demand for data is premised on the very framework Nagaraj was negating Is reservation about anti-discriminationequal opportunitysocial mobility or simply sharing the spoils of the state In the case of Dalitsall four logics combined But each has different logicin terms of how you design programmes and what data is relevant It is not clear what logic the court is using The use of data requires a prior normative framework Empiricallyit also requires an incredibly disciplined sifting through endogeneityselection bias and alternative hypothesis testing The constitutional politics on reservation is about to heat up The Supreme Court has engaged in an act of monumental evasion by not pronouncing on the constitutionality of breaching the 50 per cent limit on quota We hope it willin the appeal to Krishnaiahuse a large bench to systematically sort through a complicated set of issues In the political vacuum that we have nowall bets are off on the kinds of constitutional inanities and pinched-up conceptions of citizenship our political parties will subject us to Instead of focusing on the unsettling of the social order that growth produceswe will be back to the procrustean bed of identity In the name of social justicewe risk making an irrational system even more irrational The writer is presidentCentre for Policy [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Aiming to double farmers income by 2022 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday announced an allocation of nearly Rs 36000 crore for the farm sector while raising the agri-credit target to Rs 9 lakh crore for the next fiscal He also allocated Rs 15000 crore for interest subvention on the farm credit Rs 5500 crore for the new crop insurance scheme and Rs 500 crore to boost pulses output Jaitley also said that a unified agricultural market will be launched on 14 April and soil health cards will be provided to all 14 crore farmers by March 2017 Representational image Reuters "We are grateful to our farmers for being the backbone of the country’s food security We need to think beyond food security and give back to our farmers a sense of income security" Jaitley said while unveiling Budget 2016-17 in Lok Sabha today The government would reorient its intervention in the farm and non-farm sector to double the income of farmers by 2022 he added "Our total allocation on agriculture and farmers welfare is Rs 35984 crore" Jaitley said Asserting that a special focus has been given to ensure adequate and timely flow of credit to farmers the minister said:"Against the target of Rs 85 lakh crore in 2015-16 the target of agricultural credit in 2016-17 will be all-time high of Rs 9 lakh crore" To reduce the burden of loan repayment on farmers he said a provision of Rs 15000 crore has been made in the budgetary estimate of 2016-17 towards interest subvention Jaitley said the government has provided a path breaking crop insurance scheme ‘Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana’ for which Rs 5500 crore has been allocated for effective implementation in 2016-17 Stating that irrigation is critical for increasing the agricultural production and productivity he said"the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana has been strengthened and implemented in mission mode" He said 285 lakh hectare will be brought under irrigation under this scheme A dedicated long-term irrigation fund will be created in NABARD with an initial corpus of Rs 20000 crore to build irrigation facilities Jaitley said "Implementation of 89 irrigation projects under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) which have been languishing will be fas-tracked" he said adding that this would help to irrigate 806 lakh hectare These 89 projects required Rs 17000 crore next year and Rs 86500 crore next five years The government will complete at least 23 of these projects before 31 March 2017 PTI By: Express News Service | Published: September 2 2017 3:12 am Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG for a world record fee of 222 million Euros (Source: AP) Top News Inflated prices high stakes and in some cases an unlimited bank balance ruled the summer transfer window as 14 of the 20 Premier League teams broke their respective transfer records Over 228 million Euros were spent on deadline day itself with the total expenditure during the transfer period crossing the 185 billion Euro mark — both English records in their own rights The Indian Express examines the transfer season MOST EXPENSIVE PURCHASES Neymar (Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain – 222 million Euros) The Brazilian forward’s relationship at Barcelona came to a boil following a training ground bust-up with new signing Nelson Semedo Subsequently the cash-rich Parisian club met the striker’s 222 million Euro release clause The transfer set a new world record more than doubling the 105 million Euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last year Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona – 105 million Euros) The 20-year-old Frenchman reportedly skipped training to put further pressure on his the German club to accommodate the move Armed with the surplus cash PSG were willing to cough up for Neymar Barcelona spent less than half that amount to secure the services of the forward – who will wear Neymar’s vacated number 11 jersey Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain loan with option of 180 million Euro move) To avoid breaching the UEFA FFP norms PSG decided to take the teenage sensation on a year-long loan on deadline day following Neymar’s signing The deal however may be a mere method of booking the youngster’s services for the club as the deal presents an option of a future purchase worth 180 million Euros for the teen SMART BUYS Away from the high-profile and expensive purchases is a set of players who were sold for rather cheap despite their talent These bargain buys have the ability to slot into their new teams and impact a significant change to the club’s fortunes Nemanja Matic (Chelsea to Manchester United – 45 million Euros) The tall Serbian ended his second term at Chelsea with a move to Manchester United and has had an instant impact His role as defensive midfielder has freed Pogba and allowed the Frenchman to pull the strings in United’s attack Matic’s involvement was rewarded with a man of the match award on debut Theo Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid – 30 million Euros) The teenager spent last season on loan to Alaves and produced impressive displays against the Galacticos His involvement was crucial in the Basque club’s run to the Copa del Rey final in which he powered home a free-kick against Barcelona The left-back was long under Zinedine Zidane’s radar and his inclusion in the Real squad reduces the work load on Marcelo Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City to Chelsea – 38 million Euros) Another deadline day signing Drinkwater reunites with former Leicester teammate N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge While playing for the Foxes the pair had forged a strong midfield partnership that helped the minnows win an unprecedented Premier League title in 2015-16 At Chelsea the pair is once again expected to dominate the crucial midfield battle TRANSFERS THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN Despite speculation and expectations of certain players making moves and with many suitors in place some deals never took place Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) A move for the Chilean seemed imminent as a deal of over 60 millions Euros had been agreed with Manchester City All that remained was Arsenal’s capture of Monaco forward Thomas Lemar It’s rumoured that the French club had accepted the Gunners’ 92 million Euro offer but Arsenal decided there was ‘not much time’ to complete the move Sanchez has subsequently threatened Arsenal ‘never to play for them again’ Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Barcelona had made numerous attempts to land the talented attacking midfielder only for Liverpool to reject each offer The bidding process had reached as high as a staggering 150 million Euros but Klopp was adamant on keeping the Brazilian at Anfield For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashwani Sharma | Published: October 19 2012 1:38 am Related News Virbhadra Singh is not new to corruption chargesor to ignoring them His confidence stems from the simple fact that much as his detractors may assert otherwisethe five-time former chief minister and ex-Union minister is the Congresss only real hope in Himachal Pradesh That is whydespite the protestations by party rivals and a CD taint hanging over his headthe Congress rushed him back to the state as the PCC chief ahead of the state Assembly polls Corruption charges have haunted the ex-royal for a while now Former party colleague Sukh Ram had framed a chargesheet listing charges of corruption and misuse of power against him in 1998-99on the basis of which the BJP government ordered a CBI probe The CBI clean chit one and a half years later allowed Virbhadra to return to power in 2003 He lost in 2007 when the BJP went to town with an audio-CD released by Major (retd) Vijai Singh Mankotiapurportedly containing voices of Virbhadrahis wife Pratibha and a former IAS officer on certain financial transactions In June 2012he had to quit as the Union minister of steel following framing of corruption charges in the CD case Stillwhen the Congress had to fight the growing clout of the BJP led by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in Himachalit was the 78-year-old Virbhadra it turned to He may or may not be the VBS who received Rs 228 crore as alleged in documents on payments made to government officials seized by the Income Tax two years ago from Ispat a CBI probe on it has finally begun but as the veteran of many a battle in his 50-year-political careerfighting perhaps his last boutwill tell youcharges such as this have a short shelf life The Mankotia in questionfor exampleis now in the Congress camp and contesting the November 4 polls Ashwani is a special correspondent based in Shimla [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Updated: November 21 2017 5:44 pm Mumbai Metro uses between 200 and 250 litres of water to wash each train Amit Chakravarty Related News At 11 pm every night once the last passenger of the Mumbai Metro alights the train switches to an alternate track With the lights and air-conditioning switched off and only the headlights to guide the pilot it starts moving to the car shed at Four Bungalows On its way a jet of water greets the train Sets of rubber brushes mounted on the track come alive as it snakes along caking each compartment with soft water and mild detergent The train passes through another three sets of brushes that spray its stainless steel body with purified (reverse osmosis) water to leave it gleaming In just under two minutes the open air car wash is over and the train moves into the car shed At eight hectares the Versova shed is the smallest such facility for any Metro rail system in the world In the very congested Mumbai it has been constructed on the peripheries of two residential towers on a plot reclaimed from mangroves Share This Article Related Article Space constraints meant that the washing facility had to be built on an S-shaped track between the Metro station and the shed Mumbai Metro uses between 200 and 250 litres of water to wash each train but claims to recycle all but the negligible amount lost to spillage and wind In the summer all 15 trains (of a fleet of 16 — one is always held in reserve) are washed every two days The interiors however are cleaned to spotlessness daily The shed is divided into three parking bays including nine five and three tracks respectively Supervised by three senior officers a crew of thirty men simultaneously climbs aboard each train and begins scrubbing the doors windows handholds seats and finally the 90-metre long floor — each train is cleaned from the inside in approximately 30 minutes With dawn now just a few hours away maintenance engineers run a series of checks While the trains manufactured by CSR Nanjing in China are more than capable of running automatic checks manual inspection is a must According to those who work there while engineers scrutinise every inch of the train its central system “talks” to other sub-systems to ensure each component is functioning well A typical overall scrutiny which the Mumbai Metro describes as a ‘health check” lasts between one and one-and-a-half hours Items on a lengthy check-list must be ticked off during that time before the train is declared “fit” to ferry passengers Two years after operations began a 11-kilometre track nights now pass fairly smoothly inside the car shed and engineers hardly receive phone calls of things needing to be fixed Those who work at the car shed at night speak of teething problems that cropped up each night in the summer of 2014 Now though the sailing is smooth Up on the main tracks the overhead electric lines are de-energised the moment the last train leaves it Through the night teams handling the power supply signalling and upkeep of tracks comb sections of two kilometres each for any abnormality By 4 am two pilots arrive at the car shed and have 30 minutes to inspect their train before rolling them out for a test run By the time the test run between Versova and Ghatkopar is completed several other pilots have arrived and the metro is ready at 530 am for another new day Have a comment or suggestion for Night Shift Write to [email protected] with subject line:Night Shift For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: January 5 2011 12:47 am Related News The lead editorial in CPI (ML) weekly ML Updatetalks about the recent gangrape of a teenaged Dalit girl in Punjabs Mansa district in which a police havaldar and some local influential people are accused It focuses on the issue of atrocities against women and the oppressed communities In the same areayears agoDalit activistBant Singh had his limbs chopped off for urging his daughter to pursue a rape case What is happening in Punjab is also not very different from what is being seen in rest of India where scamstersrioters and rapists roam free while activists like Binayak Sen are jailed Just recently in Uttar Pradesha 17-year-old OBC girl who accused a ruling BSP MLA of rape was jailed on charges of theft, it says The recent instances in Punjab and UP are a reminder of the sorry state of affairs in India when it comes to justice in cases of violence against women in general and women from oppressed communities in particular… And if this is the state of affairs in rape cases where politically powerful people are not implicatedwhat of the cases where police and army forces are implicated in rape and violence against women?she reached a career-high ranking of 2, that she played a child trapped in an adult body in Sadma and before that, Reportedly, Referring to the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan row, but why no solution on Ram temple issue. 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in fact, which the company says has been streamlined for security,s decision to appoint Laxmi Kant Bajpai as state president and Hukum Singh as party leader in the Assembly has surprised many. Now we are doing it in our party office.?

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