Telangana assembly passes bill to increase Muslim quota

Agencies/Hyderabad
April 17, 2017 0 Comments NATIONAL 117 Views

With all the five BJP members suspended for the day, the Telangana assembly on Sunday unanimously passed a bill to hike the reservation quota for backward Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 12 and 10 per cent respectively.
Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which vehemently opposed the bill both inside and outside of the assembly, the entire Opposition supported the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017, which will be now debated and passed by the state legislative council on Sunday evening.
As soon as the day-long special session of the legislature began, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao moved the bill to raise from the existing four per cent to 12 per cent the quota for the socially and economically backward among the Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category.
The reservations for the Scheduled Tribes in educational institutions and government jobs has been increased from 6 per cent to 10 per cent.
After the state legislative council passes it by late Sunday evening, the bill will be sent for the President’s assent with a request to include it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution as was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.
Replying to debate on the bill, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao said if the Centre refuses to accept Telengana’s request, the state would approach the Supreme Court.
Rao said, “Tamil Nadu is implementing 69 per cent reservations for over two decades. Five to six states are providing more than 50 per cent reservation. How can you deny this to Telangana?”
The Supreme Court has put a cap of 50 per cent on all reservations both at the Centre and in the states.
The Chief Minister clarified that the reservations were being provided purely on the basis of socio-economic backwardness and not on the basis of religion or caste.
Terming it as a historic day, Rao said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had during the election campaigns promised that quota for the Backward Classes (E) and the Scheduled Tribes will be increased in proportion to their population in the state.
Rao assured the Backward Classes that there will be no injustice to them because of increase in quota for the BC (E) and announced that the quota for the Backward Classes too, will be increased. The state government has directed the Backward Classes Commission to submit a report within six months.
Rao also said that the reservation for the SCs, who constitute 16.3 per cent of the state’s population, will be increased by one per cent. He said the government would soon constitute an SC Commission.
The SCs currently enjoy 15 per cent reservations while the BCs have a total quota of 25 per cent.
The legislation will increase the total reservations in the state to 62 per cent.

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