I am not against reservations, but, the RBA (Residents of Backward Areas) reservation has become a political tool in J&K. Some areas registered under this category need not be given this status and other deserving areas should in their stead. A few areas close to the city are designated as backwards but the ones far away with low literacy rates, that deserve this advantage, are not. There is a lack of transparency, and political bias has dominated most of these decisions.
An independent comission must be set up to reassess the areas that need to be categorized as RBA villages. In the Ganderbal district; Devipora, Pati Devpora, Malikpora, Gogjigund and Korag are the villages that need to be termed backwards as they lack basic facilities like roads, hospitals, schools and colleges and have little connectivity with the city.
I am a law student and the constitution clearly states that once a deserving class achieve their goals and improve their financial condition, they should no longer be termed backwards. My question to the government is, How many villages have been removed from the RBA list after achieving their goals for development and prosperity? In my opinion, reservations should be provided to a certain class of people. People with high incomes and posts shouldnt be allowed to put their children under this category. People who have moved to the city, have enough money and have an ample opportunity in terms of schooling for their children shouldnt be allowed to get reservations under any category. The ones that deserve a helping hand arent given one. Being from the general category I felt helpless due to our poor financial condition.
The government needs revisit and modify their reservation policies. They need to revisit the areas that were once backwards but are now flourishing. The residents of these areas shouldnt come under the RBA. The government needs to review the policies of reservation and I hope Pati Devpora, where I’m from, gets the help it deserves.
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