Muslim Quota bill: assembly to be convened soon

 Telangana | Written by : Suryaa Desk Updated: Wed, Apr 12, 2017, 08:58 AM

HYDERABAD : The stage is all set to increase reservations for Muslims in employment and education to 12 per cent in the state.

On a day of fast paced developments on Tuesday, Telangana State BC Commission submitted its report to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Later, Rao decided to convene the State Cabinet meeting on Wednesday at 5 pm at Pragathi Bhavan. Next, Rao drove straight to Raj Bhavan and held discussions with Governor ESL Narasimhan on convening the special session of the Legislature. Though, the Budget session of the Legislature was over, Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary on the request of the CM did not prorogue the Assembly. The Assembly was adjourned sine die and there was no need for Governor to notify the session afresh.

According to sources, the Legislature session will be convened next week to adopt Bills on enhancement of Muslim reservations and also ST reservations to 12 per cent. The Parliament adopted GST Bill and it will come to State Legislature. During the special session of the Legislature, the Assembly and Council will adopt the Centre’s GST Act.

BC Commission submits report to Chief Minister

Telangana State BC Commission, which studied the sociological conditions of the backward class communities in the state, submitted its report to the Chief Minister on Tuesday.

BC Commission chairman BS Ramulu and other members had a meeting with Rao. The Commission submitted its report about the educational and social backwardness among the BC (E) Category communities.

Muslims and Dudekula Muslims in the state are now entitled for five percent reservations in BC(E) category. The TRS government proposed to increase the Muslim reservation to 12 per cent as per the population of Muslims. Likewise, reservations for STs too will be hiked to 12 per cent from the present 6 per cent according to their population.

As the Muslim Reservation Bill may not stand before the legal scrutiny, the state government has decided to lead an all party delegation to the President and the Prime Minister for including the TS’ reservations in the Constitution as the Centre did it for Tamil Nadu in the past for increasing the overall reservations beyond 50 per cent.