Karnataka Assembly passes SC/ST quota Bill

Bangalore, 26/12: The Karnataka Assembly on Monday ‘unanimously’ passed a Bill providing a six percentage points increase in reservation for SC/STs with an assurance by the ruling BJP that it would talk to the Union government on giving this legal protection.



Under the Karnataka Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or posts in the services under the State) Act, quota for SCs will go up from 15 per cent to 17 per cent and for STs from 3 per cent to 7 per cent.


The Bill seeks to replace an ordinance that was promulgated in October.


Law Minister J C Madhuswamy said the government took “much risk” in promulgating the ordinance knowing that it would exceed the 50 per cent reservation limit. “We also knew that we had enough justification in doing so,” he said, adding that the government was under pressure to implement reports of the AJ Sadashiva, Nagamohan Das and Subhash Adi commissions.

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