Karnataka government is reportedly planning to increase the reservation ceiling for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in education and employment beyond 50 per cent, based on the population.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government will make a decision over this after consulting legal experts and considering its pros and cons.
Speaking at a function in Bengaluru earlier, the Chief Minister said the population of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled is 24.1 per cent in the state and the government has provided Rs. 19,542 crore for these communities in accordance with the population in 2016-17.
The minister was quoted in media reports as saying: “”All round development is possible only when everyone is entitled to quality education, equal share in power and prosperity.”
“We should try to create social and political awareness while being within the system,” he added stating that caste system is deep rooted in society.
Siddaramaiah announced various developmental programmes for the Valmiki community, including 10 acres to set up the Valmiki study and research centre.
The minister also said social reformers like Buddha, Basavanna, Ambedkar, Kanakadasa and Valmiki should not be limited to particular communities they belonged to, saying, “we should realise that they were global citizens”.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat reportedly announced several benefits to the backward communities in the state.
He also promised the clearing of the backlog of vacancies reserved in various categories of jobs for the SC/ST and reservation of jobs in all government departments, TOI reported.
Harish Rawat said the backlog will be cleared by the end of November and no violation of reservation rules will be allowed in the state.
“In fact, reservation to you has been given by the Constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar and no one can dare take it back. If there is anything in great danger today, it is our Constitution. You have to be ready to fight to safeguard it,” he said.