5 December 2022

Bengaluru : In a major decision ahead of the Assembly polls a few months away, the BJP government in Karnata ka on Friday decided to increase the Scheduled Castes and Tribes ( SC / STs ) quota in the state, by seeking a Constitutional amendment.

The decision has been taken by the government on the basis of the report of Justice H N Nagamohan Das Commission, which has recommended hiking the quota for SCs from 15 percent to 17 percent and for STs from 3 percent to 7 percent.

Chief Minister Basava raj Bommai made an announcement to this effect after chairing an all-party meeting that was attended by Congress and JD ( S ) leaders.

K'taka to hike SC / ST quota
K’taka to hike SC / ST quota

Noting that it was a ” long-standing and just demand ” from the communities that the reservation should be based on population, he said, ” The Nagamohan Das Com mission’s recommendations were discussed at the all-party meeting today and has been approved. Before that, it was discussed within our party ( BJP ) and it was decided to keep up our commitment to the welfare of SC / STs. ” The Cabinet meeting will be convened on Saturday itself, where a formal decision will be taken in this connection, he added.

The Bommai government was under tremendous pressure from SC / ST lawmakers to implement the commission’s report. Also, the Valmiki Gurupeetha seer Prasannananda Swami has been on a hunger strike demanding the ST quota hike.

The opposition parties, especially the Congress had been attacking the government for the delay in implementation.

The commission had given its recommendations to the government in July 2020.

However, following a couple of judgments from the Supreme court regarding reservation, the government constituted a committee under Justice Subhash B Adi on implementation of the recommendations as per law and Constitution, which too submitted its report subsequently.

After studying both the reports, the government wanted to take everyone into confidence before arriving at any decision on a matter relating to law and Constitution, hence the all-party meeting was called today Bommai said.

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