Will ensure 70% reservation for SC/ST In Education and Public sector services says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that his government would seek a Constitution amendment to ensure 70% reservation for the SC/ST communities in education and public sector services.

Reservation would be sought on the lines of Tamil Nadu model, he said.

He was addressing a dispersed gathering during the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations in Vidhana Soudha, which was disrupted following heavy rains.

Siddaramaiah said that the Supreme Court had directed that reservation should not exceed 50%, and had thereby put a cap on it. The Tamil Nadu reservation was however in contrast to this, as it had fixed reservation for these communities at 69%.

Siddaramaiah said that his government would strive towards making this a reality, as the said communities lacked adequate representation in all spheres.

“I am not doing this for the sake of votes. I am doing this to ensure social justice to the disadvantaged communities,” he said adding that his government had earmarked Rs 7,000 crore for the welfare of the SC/STs for the present financial year.

Siddaramaiah also said that his government would organise a massive SC rally in Ballari in the first week of December.

Earlier, Siddaramaiah unveiled a 12 ft Valmiki statue and a garden, which have been installed between Vidhana Soudha and Legislators Home.

MLC VS Ugrappa said that the government would name one of the Metro stations and a varsity after Valmiki.

Courtesy: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/636344/will-ensure-70-reservation-scst.html

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