HYDERABAD: To empower backward classes on political, employment and educational fronts, the all-party meeting of ministers, MPs, MLCs and MLAs hailing from the BC community here on Tuesday proposed an increase in reservations for BCs from 34% to 50% in local bodies, and from 25% to 50% in education and employment.
National backward classes association leader and TDP MLA R Krishnaiah, who has been a part of the meeting for all the three days, told TOIthat enhancing reservations for BCs in local bodies like municipal bodies, zilla parishads, mandal parishads and gram panchayats comes under the purview of the state government, and that it can do it by making amendments or passing an Act in the State Assembly. “In case of enhancing reservations for BCs in education and jobs, the state government can pass it but it needs Constitutional protection and as such, needs to be sent to the Centre,” Krishnaiah said.
He said they will finalise the ‘BC Declaration’ i.e., a report comprising sops, schemes, welfare measures, proposed amendments, seeking government orders and Acts to be passed for welfare of BCs, in a day or two.
“The all-party meeting has discussed in detail for three days. We will finalise the report and submit to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in a day or two for him to take a final call on the reservations and other proposals being sought for BC welfare,” Krishnaiah said. From the government, those present at the meeting on Tuesday included finance and BC welfare ministers Etela Rajender and Jogu Ramana respectively. On Tuesday, the all-party meeting decided that MLAs R Krishnaiah of TDP, K Laxman of BJP along with Etela Rajender and Jogu Ramanna will work on finalising the report on Wednesday, and if needed, on Thursday too.
The meeting unanimously decided that the state government should establish residential schools in each of the 119 assembly constituencies, 62 new degree colleges, extend total fee reimbursement on par with SC and ST, fee reimbursement to students pursuing courses in IIT, IIMs and NEET, set up specialised coaching centres in the city on par with reputed private institutes for IAS, IPS, Group-I and other competitive exams and establish coaching centres in every district for group-II, II and IV, bank exams.
“What percentage of reservations is CM KCR proposing for BCs in Legislatures? CM KCR has done nothing for BC welfare in the last three-and-ahalf-year rule and now has raised curtains on an all-party BC leaders meeting to woo BC electorate with an eye on 2019-polls,” Sravan said.
He charged CM KCR with reducing the BC Ministers in his cabinet into mere rubber stamps. “The BC sub-plan file is gathering dust in KCR government from last 40-odd months. How many BCs are there in the CMO. Stop this drama on BC welfare,” he said.