Quota de­ci­sion only af­ter polls

■ Pleas against EBC reser­va­tion pend­ing in SC

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - S.N.C.N. ACHARYULU I DC

BY THE time the Lok Sabha elec­tions are over, the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion may be known and de­pend­ing on that, the state govern­ment can take a de­ci­sion.

The Te­lan­gana state govern­ment has to still take a de­ci­sion on whether it will im­ple­ment the 10 per cent reser­va­tion for Eco­nom­i­cally Back­ward Classes (EBC) in ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

The TS govern­ment has wel­comed the EBC reser­va­tion while de­mand­ing 12 per cent reser­va­tion for Mus­lims and 10 per cent reser­va­tion for Sched­uled Tribes.

Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao has still not formed his Cabi­net and has just one min­is­ter. He wants to take a de­ci­sion on EBC reser­va­tions af­ter the Cabi­net ex­pan­sion. He wants to hold a vote-on-ac­count Bud­get ses­sion in the last week of Fe­bru­ary, but be­fore the As­sem­bly ses­sion, he has to ex­pand the Cabi­net as the min­is­ters have to be present in both Houses. Mr Rao may ex­pand the Cabi­net just be­fore the Bud­get Ses­sion.

The Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion is likely to an­nounce the Lok Sabha elec­tion sched­ule in the first week of March. Once the elec­tion sched­ule is an­nounced, the model code of con­duct will come into force with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, and that means the govern­ment can­not an­nounce pol­icy de­ci­sions.

The Chief Min­is­ter is hold­ing back on the EBC reser­va­tion as pe­ti­tions have been filled in the Supreme Court chal­leng­ing the quota.

By the time the Lok Sabha elec­tions are over, the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion may be known and de­pend­ing on what the Supreme Court di­rects, the state govern­ment can take a de­ci­sion.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of EBC reser­va­tion is a lengthy process. Af­ter the Cabi­net takes a de­ci­sion, the state govern­ment has to is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion. Then the con­cerned de­part­ments have to form the rules for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the quota.

The state govern­ment re­cently an­nounced it was filling up 2,932 posts in govern­ment res­i­den­tial schools. If the re­cruit­ment is be­gun af­ter the Lok Sabha elec­tions, and be­fore a de­ci­sion is made on EBC reser­va­tions, EBCs will lose the 10 per cent reser­va­tion.

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