Chhattisgarh cabinet okays draft bills to hike quota | India News

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh cabinet on Thursday approved two draft bills for enhancing quota for Scheduled Tribes (STs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs), and for providing reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in jobs and education. Going by what sources tell TOI, the overall reservation could go up to 76% despite the Chhattisgarh high court reiterating last month that quota above 50% is unconstitutional.
At the meeting, chaired by CM Bhupesh Baghel, it was decided to table the Chhattisgarh Lok Sewa SC/ST/OBC (Amendment) Bill 2022 for providing reservation in jobs, and Chhattisgarh Educational Institutions Admissions Bill-2022 to give quota in education. Both bills come in the wake of a recent HC decision to set aside a 2012 government order to raise overall quota to 58%, holding it unconstitutional. The government is battling tribal resentment after the court order as ST quota dropped from 32% to 20%. There are indications that the Congress government plans to hike quota of STs to 32% (up from 20%), SCs to 13% (up from 12%) and OBCs to 27% (from 14%) while EWS reservation for non-ST/SC/OBC communities is likely to be capped at 4%.
Agriculture minister Ravindra Choubey said the state government has been reiterating its commitment to provide reservation on the basis of the population ratio of respective communities. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has allowed EWS quota “up to” 10%, but didn’t give any breakup of the reservation for other communities as the bills are due to be placed in the Assembly for consideration. Bringing of the bills, which will come up for debate during the two-day special session of the Assembly beginning December 1, is an effort by the Congress government to restore 32% reservation for STs, who are up in arms. The bill also aims to increase OBC quota from 14% to 27%, as per the Mandal Commission recommendations, official sources said. CM Baghel said the cabinet has discussed the reservation issue in detail and approved the draft bills to be tabled in the assembly.

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