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Govt keen on hiking quota beyond 50%: CM

Published On : 16 Oct 2016   |  Reported By : Courtesy: DHNS   |  Pic On: photo credit: DHNS


Bengaluru, DHNS: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that his government is exploring the feasibility of increasing reservation in government jobs and education beyond 50% for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

Speaking after inaugurating Valmiki Jayanti at Vidhana Soudha here, he said the government intends to increase reservation in proportion to the population of SCs, STs, and OBCs. The government is consulting legal experts in this regard, he added.

“The Supreme Court has ordered that reservation should not exceed 50%. Though the Tamil Nadu government went beyond 50%, it has been challenged in the Supreme Court. So, there is a need to amend the Constitution of India to enhance quota,” he said. His government is planning to follow in the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and is awaiting the socio economic census (caste census) data, he added.

Legal opinion
Population of SCs, STs and OBCs has increased over the years. SCs and STs form 24.1% of the state population and enjoy 15% and 3% reservation respectively. The government is seeking legal opinion on increasing reservation to 18% for SCs and 6% for STs, he added.

He said the government has initiated steps to allocate budgetary funds in proportion to the population of SCs and STs. Out of Rs 19,542 crore earmarked in the 2016-17 budget, Rs 11,600 crore has been spent so far, he added.

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya laid the foundation stone for a statue of Valmiki and a Tapovana (garden) at the Legislator’s Home near Vidhana Soudha.

 







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