K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Telangana Assembly introduced a bill to increase the reservation quota for backward class Muslims and STs.
State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao introduced the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill 2017. The bill was introduced in a special joint session of the state assembly and the legislative council. In the bill, reservation in education and job for Scheduled Tribes has also been increased from six percent to 10 percent.
After discussion in the House, the Bill will now have to be passed by both houses. Then it will be sent to the Center for approval of the President, after which a request will also be made to include it in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.
Chief Minister Rao has made it clear that reservations are being provided only on the basis of socio-economic backwardness. He also said that it is not being given on the basis of religion or caste, as some parties are asking people to mislead. Describing it as a historic day, Rao said that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had promised to increase the quota for backward classes (E) and Scheduled Tribes on the basis of population in the state during the elections. The percentage quota is mixed, while their population is 9.8 percent according to the 2011 census. Rao said that one percent reservation will be increased for Scheduled Castes with a population of 16.3 percent in the state. He said that the Scheduled Castes Commission will be set up in the state.
The Scheduled Castes currently enjoy 15 percent reservation in the state. Whereas, the backward classes have got a total of 25 percent reservation. With this law, the total reservation in Telangana state will increase to 62 percent.
CM said that the state needs more than 50 percent reservation
The Chief Minister said that there is no constitutional prohibition on giving more than 50 percent reservation. Rao said that 90 percent of the population of Telangana consists of backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities, in such a situation, the state definitely needs more than 50 percent reservation. He also mentioned that Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand are already providing more than 50 percent reservation.