KCR plans 10% for up­per caste poor

■ Cen­tre’s move makes CM re­vive quota plan

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page - S.A. ISHAQUI | DC

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao is set to re­vive his idea of in­tro­duc­ing quota for eco­nom­i­cally back­ward classes among the up­per castes after Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind gave his as­sent to

10 per cent quota for up­per caste poor in Cen­tral gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions for ed­u­ca­tion and jobs.

In May last year, Mr Rao had floated the idea of pro­vid­ing 10 per cent quota in the state to up­per caste poor, but it did not move for­ward be­cause of a 50 per cent cap on reser­va­tions.

The Union min­istry of law and jus­tice on Satur­day is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion say­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion

(103 Amend­ment) Act, 2019, has re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s as­sent.

The Act amends Ar­ti­cles

15 and 16 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, by adding a clause which al­lows states to make “spe­cial pro­vi­sion for the ad­vance­ment of any eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions of cit­i­zens”.

These “spe­cial pro­vi­sions” would re­late to “their ad­mis­sion to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, whether aided or un­aided by the state, other than the mi­nor­ity ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions”.

Mr Rao dis­closed his idea of in­tro­duc­ing EBC quota in the state dur­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing in May.

Sources in the state gov­ern­ment said the Chief Min­is­ter had at that time planned to ex­clude the creamy layer among Back­ward Classes, Sched­uled Castes, Sched­uled Tribes and mi­nori­ties from ex­ist­ing quota to en­able im­ple­men­ta­tion of the EBC quota.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Rao’s plan, well-off peo­ple in re­served quotas, like those earn­ing over `8 lakh a year, would be re­placed by EBCs and this was to en­sure that 50 per cent up­per limit on quota pre­scribed by the Supreme Court is not vi­o­lated.

But, given the UPA gov­ern­ment’s ex­pe­ri­ence he dropped the idea.

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao is set to re­vive his idea of in­tro­duc­ing quota for eco­nom­i­cally back­ward classes among the up­per castes after Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind gave his as­sent to 10 per cent quota for up­per caste poor in Cen­tral gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions for ed­u­ca­tion and jobs.

But, he dropped the idea in or­der to steer clear of any con­tro­versy aris­ing from re­moval of creamy layer given the ex­pe­ri­ence of the UPA gov­ern­ment’s move to carve out 4.5 per cent quota for Mus­lims within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

When the UPA had an­nounced the 4.5 per cent quota in 2012, BC Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion leader R. Kr­ish­na­iah had chal­lenged the ac­tion.

The erst­while Andhra Pradesh High Court on Jan­uary 5, 2012, stayed the Cen­tre’s or­der and though the UPA gov­ern­ment had an­nounced it would ap­peal against the stay in the Supreme Court, it did not pro­ceed fur­ther. Au­thor­i­ties ex­pect Mr Rao to take his idea for­ward.

Sources said Mr Rao feels that poorer sec­tions among up­per castes were fac­ing sev­eral hard­ships be­cause of poverty.

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