Telangana: Ahead of special Assembly session, Cabinet meeting today

All eyes are on the proposed quota hike which will increase the overall percentage of reservations in the state to 58%.

Amid strong protest by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on proposed Muslim reservation, Telangana State Cabinet is meeting today, ahead of a state assembly's special session scheduled for Sunday. The government intends to bring in a comprehensive bill for reservations to all the concerned castes.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will preside over the meeting expected at Pragati Bhavan in Hyderabad. Sources say as many as 31 items including the hike in reservations would be considered basing on the figures of the 1911 census. An increase in quota from 4% to four per 9-10% for BC -E and 6 to 9 per cent for the scheduled tribes will be part of the agenda.

The GST bill in its final shape and nine more issues will also come up for discussion in the cabinet meet. It is also likely that the state cabinet will also give its clearance for 3.68 % DA hike proposed for the state government employees besides clearing promotions due for 105 senior police officers. However, all eyes are on the proposed quota hike which will increase the overall percentage of reservations in the state to 58% to 59% including enhancement of 12% reservations for Scheduled Castes from the existing 6%.

Hike in reservations under BC-E as suggested by Backwards Caste Commission, will be implemented, which will include Muslims. Currently, 4% reservation (being given to backward sections among Muslims that began in undivided Andhra Pradesh) is sub-judice as the matter is in the Supreme Court.

The Telangana Cabinet, on Wednesday, decided to raise the percentage of quota in jobs and education in the state, citing the Tamil Nadu model.

A special assembly is convened on April 16 to table the Telangana State Reservations Bill 2017.

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