Telangana CM KCR has ordered his MPs to demand amendments in the proposed bill to provide 10 percent reservation for economically backward people in the general category. He asked directed his party MPs to demand the amendments to the Bill when it is taken up in Parliament.
KCR recalled that the Telangana Assembly had passed a resolution for providing 12 percent reservation for backward Muslims and 10 percent reservation for STs and had sent the same to the Union Government.
“This resolution should be introduced in Parliament,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
As the central government has decided to take up the issue of reservations, KCR asked the MPs to raise the issue of providing reservation to the backward Muslims and STs and demand amendment to the Bill to this effect.
The Telangana Assembly had passed a Bill in 2017 enhancing reservations for backward Muslims and STs in the government jobs and educational institutions. Currently, the reservation for backward Muslims in the State is at 4 percent and for STs, it is at 6 percent.
As the enhancement of quota will take the overall quantum of reservation in the state to over 50 percent, KCR urged the Centre to include the State legislation into 9th Schedule of the Constitution as was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.
The Centre has not yet acted on the Telangana’s request.