Telangana hikes quota for Muslims, tribals

Bill Hiking Quota for Backward Muslims and ST Passed in Telangana

A bill seeking to raise the reservation quota for Scheduled Tribes and backward sections among Muslims was tabled in the Telangana Legislative Assembly in a one-day special session on Sunday.

Earlier in March, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao had said, "We will put up the Muslim Reservation Bill in the coming Budget session itself".

The Telangana government had earlier chose to convene on April 16 a Special Assembly Session to pass legislation to increase reservation for Muslims and Scheduled Tribes, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Wednesday.

KCR exhibited belligerence when he said: "I will not beg the Centre, but am going to fight to get the Bill implemented".

The state government had constituted two committees, with retired IAS officers G Sudhir and S Chellappa as chairpersons, to study and recommend steps, including the hike in reservation that would help the backward communities defeat their social, economic and educational backwardness.

He 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 BCs too9 will be increased.

Along with close to 100 party workers of the city unit, the senior party leaders raised anti-reservation slogans and blocked the Abids main road before the police chose to arrest them.

Laxman said the party would take up fast from morning till noon on April 20 in all mandals of the state against the bill and other issues.

Congress deputy leader in the House T. Jeevan Reddy asked Mr. Rao if the latter was confident of convincing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the Act on enhanced reservation in Telangana in Schedule IX of the Constitution. The BJP's only five members in the assembly were suspended after they tried to stall the proceedings. "Reservation on the basis of religion is not in the interest of the country". We too want similar exemption, as 90% of the State, comprises backward classes (BCs), Scheduled castes (SCs), STs and other minorities.

ST Reservations will increase by 4%. However, KCR said the same judgement allowed higher percentage of reservations, in the event of the availability of "quantifiable and impeccable" data.

"They (the government) haven't followed process and so the Bill is just like a trash paper, it does not have any validity". Citywise, Hyderabad has the largest concentration whereas Khammam has the loswest population of Muslims.

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