Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Wednesday said the government was committed to hike the quota for the poor among Muslims and STs in the State. “I am willing to go to Tamil Nadu and study their quota system,” he said.
At a review meeting on minority reservations at Pragathi Bhavan, he instructed the officials to work on the Constitutional process involved to facilitate due increase in reservations for the two sections.
Since the Courts wanted reservations not to exceed 50 per cent, he said the officials should plan it out accordingly so that the implementation of increase in reservation does not face any legal tangles.
In Telangana State, BCs, SCs, STs and minorities are the majority and a majority of them are backward, he said, adding that need to be pushed on par with others. Demand for increase in reservation led to several agitations in the past, which caused many deaths. Reservations should be proportionate to their population.
Tamil Nadu, based on population figures of Muslims, enhanced the overall quota to 69 per cent. But in other States, Courts say that the reservations should not exceed 50 per cent cap.
The government will pass a resolution in the Legislative Assembly to facilitate quota for these categories and this will be sent to the Centre, he said.
An official delegation will visit Tamil Nadu to study how the State had implemented 69 per cent quota. “If need be, I will also go to Chennai and discuss with the officials concerned and the legal experts,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the TRS in its election manifesto had promised hike in quota for Muslims and STs.
BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna, State Government’s Chief Advisor Rajeev Sharma, BC Commission Chairman B S Ramulu and others participated in the meeting.