State Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao introduced the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill 2017. The bill was introduced in a special joint session of the State Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. In the bill, reservation in education and jobs has also been increased from 6 percent to 10 percent for Scheduled Tribes.
After discussion in the house, the bill will now have to be passed by both the houses. Then it will be sent to the Center for the 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. At the same time, he said that it is not being given on the basis of religion or caste as some parties are asking to mislead people. Describing it as a historic day, Rao said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had promised to increase the quota for Backward Classes (E) and Scheduled Tribes in the state on the basis of population during the elections.
He said that the Scheduled Tribes have got six per cent quota at present, while their population is 9.8 per cent according to the 2011 census. Rao said that one percent reservation will be increased for the Scheduled Castes having 16.3 percent population in the state. He said that Scheduled Caste Commission will be constituted in the state.
At present, the Scheduled Castes have got 15 percent reservation in the state. Whereas, the backward class has got a total reservation of 25 percent. With this law, the total reservation in the state of Telangana 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 bar on giving more than 50 percent reservation. Rao said that since 90 per cent of Telangana’s population consists of backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities, the state definitely needs more than 50 per cent reservation. He also mentioned that Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand are already providing more than 50 per cent reservation.