Recommendation to center for increase in SC-ST reservation

Belgaum News : The state government has decided to recommend the Karnataka Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in Appointments or Posts 2022) Bill to the Central Government to increase reservation for Scheduled Castes and Classes in education and jobs.

The Bill has already been tabled in the Assembly and after discussion in both the Houses, the State Government will recommend the Bill to the Centre. Members of the ruling and opposition parties will discuss the bill in the Assembly and Legislative Council tomorrow. Later, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will counter the opposition’s strategy by recommending it to the Centre.

If any community wants to increase the reservation, it should amend the ninth article of the constitution after discussion in the parliament. Only after that the reservation increase order will be issued officially. Now the state government has approved the Bill to provide reservation in employment and education from 15 to 17 percent for Scheduled Castes and from 3 to 7 percent for Scheduled Tribes through an ordinance.

If this Act is to be made valid, the Central Government should amend it. Opposition parties too had earlier insisted on making a recommendation to the Centre. If the Bill is passed in the Union Parliament, the reservation for Scheduled Castes/Classes will increase. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is sure that if the Center does not recommend it for the assembly elections, the opposition parties can use it as a weapon to defeat the government.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah and Congress leaders had recently challenged him to recommend to the Center to increase reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Classes. The state government had decided to increase reservation in jobs and education based on the recommendations of retired Justice Nagmohan Das’s report. As the central government has to decide whether to increase the reservation of any community or not, the state government has taken a cautious step on this issue.

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