T’gana, AP to roll out 10% up­per caste quota

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Hy­der­abad: Af­ter Gu­jarat, Te­lan­gana is all set to be­come the sec­ond state to im­ple­ment the 10% reser­va­tion for eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions (EWS) in the gen­eral cat­e­gory.

“We have de­cided to im­ple­ment the 10% quota for EWS in state gov­ern­ment jobs and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions on the lines of the reser­va­tion an­nounced by the Cen­tre,” a se­nior CMO of­fi­cial told TOI on Mon­day.

Sources in the Te­lan­gana gov­ern­ment said they would study the Act and if there is lee­way, re­duce the creamy layer up­per limit of Rs 8 lakh per an­num that has been set for the poor to qual­ify for the quota. “As far as we are con­cerned, the 10% quota is not only for the EWS from the up­per classes. The poor from the SC/ST and OBC sec­tions too can avail of this quota,” they added.

TRS gov­ern­ment’s move would be po­lit­i­cally-sig­nif­i­cant, since it will in­di­cate the party’s will­ing­ness to sail with the NDA gov­ern­ment on key poli­cies.

The Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment is fram­ing rules to im­ple­ment the new quota in the state, sources said. Once the Rules are pre­pared and cleared by the state cab­i­net, a Bill will be in­tro­duced in the As­sem­bly, they added.

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