|Published : 16 Apr 2017, 20:31:14 | Updated : 16 Apr 2017, 20:41:04|
Telangana assembly okays bill to raise Muslim quota
HYDERABAD: The Telangana assembly unanimously passed a bill on Sunday to hike the reservation quota for backward Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 12 and 10 per cent respectively.
The assembly suspended the five BJP members for the day, according to Times of India.
Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which vehemently opposed the bill both inside and outside of the assembly, the entire Opposition supported the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017, which will be now debated and passed by the state legislative council on Sunday evening.
As soon as the day-long special session of the legislature began, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao moved the bill to raise from the existing four per cent to 12 per cent the quota for the socially and economically backward among the Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category.
The reservations for the Scheduled Tribes in educational institutions and government jobs have been increased from 6 per cent to 10 per cent.
After the state legislative council passes it by late Sunday evening, the bill will be sent for the President's assent with a request to include it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution as was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.
Replying to debate on the bill, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao said if the Centre refuses to accept Telengana's request, the state would approach the Supreme Court.
(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)