Reservation demands: Karnataka Cabinet decides to set up panel under retired HC judge

Reservation demands: Karnataka Cabinet decides to set up panel under retired HC judge

Bengaluru, Mar 3 (PTI) The Karnataka Cabinet on
Wednesday decided to constitute a three-member high-level
committee headed by a retired high court judge to look into
demands by various communities in the state for revising the
existing reservation and advise the government.
Besides the retired judge, the committee would comprise
a former administrator and a social scientist and give a
comprehensive report, Law and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai
said.
He noted that various communities have been pressing for
revising their existing reservation and conceding it would
lead to the quota exceeding the 50 per cent limit set by the
Supreme Court. If it has to be exceeded, special criteria has
to be identified.
“To guide the government on this constitutionally and
legally difficult subject, it has been decided to constitute
the committee,” he told reporters here after the cabinet
meeting.
The Cabinet has given the Chief Minister the authority to
make appointments to the committee.
The retired judge will look into legal and constitutional
aspect while the retried administrator will go into
administrative aspect, he said, adding at present demands by
some communities were with the Backward Classes Commission and
some others at the stage of anthropology study.
“Once constituted, the committee will decide on the time
frame,” he said.
Karnataka at present provides 15 per cent reservation for
Scheduled Castes, three per cent for Scheduled Tribes and 32
per cent for the other backward classes (OBC), which adds up
to 50 per cent.
The Veerashaiva-Lingayats, to which Yediyurappa belongs,
are demanding OBC status under the central list, whereas the
sub-sect of the community Panchamasali Lingayats wants to be
put under Category 2A (15 per cent) in the state quota.
The other dominant Vokkaliga community has decided to seek
enhancement of reservation, formation of a Vokkaliga
Development Authority and greater quota access to the urban
poor from the community.
They want all Vokkaliga sub-sects to be included under
the OBC.
On the other hand, while the backward Kuruba community is
seeking ST tag, the Valmiki community wants the ST quota to be
hiked from 3 per cent to 7.5 per cent.
The state government has already asked the Backward
Classes Commission to look into the reservation demand of
Panchamasali community to be included in category 2A of OBC
reservation matrix.
It is currently included under 3B (five per cent).
Last year, Justice Nagamohan Das Committee had submitted
a report to the government. According to sources, it has
recommended increasing reservation for SCs from 15 per cent to
17 per cent and STs from 3 per cent to 7.5 per cent.
Other cabinet decisions on Wednesday included setting up
Bengaluru Solid Waste Management Limited to focus on waste
collection, transportation, processing, and produce energy
from solid waste, while giving it administrative and financial
independence to the organisation.
The city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
(BBMP) will have 51 per cent share in this and the state
government 49 per cent. The Additional Chief Secretary will be
its Chief Executive Officer, Bommai said. PTI KSU
VS VS

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