Bringing the Dasara festive season to the faces of Telangana tribals, the government issued orders to increase tribal reservations from 6% to 10% from October 1. Reservations apply to educational institutions and state institutions. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao reportedly made the choice due to special circumstances in Telangana, where tribals from 10 percent of the state’s population.
Guidelines for ST quota by Telangana state:
About six years ago, the Telangana state assembly approved reservations for tribal migration in the state and sent it to the federal government for presidential approval. Despite repeated appeals from the government, the prime minister and the tribal center kept the bill in cold storage. Shocked by the Center’s callous attitude, the Prime Minister recently announced his decision to implement enhanced reservations for the TRS government to enhance justice for tribals who have been exploited and oppressed for decades. Orders were accordingly issued on Friday evening. According to sources, the government decided to cancel the tribal reservation after careful consideration, which proved that reservations across the province crossed the 50 percent mark and rose to 69 percent in 199.
For the past 28 years, the reservation remained in effect 69 percent of the time. Further, the Center added these enhanced reservations to the 9th Schedule to ensure constitutional sanctity. However, it is ignoring Telangana’s repeated requests. In the Indra Sawhney case, the Supreme Court said that the maximum number of reserves should be 50 percent, but in “extraordinary circumstances” it can exceed the prescribed limits. Sources explained that Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao was considering several such special conditions to increase the reservation quota.
ST reservation increased:
It should be noted that the tribal population is more in Telangana and they are oppressed and exploited and they also sleep in most of the backward areas of the state. In addition, the Chellappa Commission, appointed to examine the conditions of the tribals, conducted extensive hearings and adopted proposals. It is suggested that increasing the reservation of tribals in educational institutions and government institutions was the only way to ensure their development. Of these factors, the special circumstances clause imposed by the Supreme Court, CMO sources explained. The formation of Telangana itself was a big day when the Telangana society led by K Chandrashekhar Rao waged a relentless struggle for statehood.
After the formation of the state, the prime minister increased the budget allocations for STs under the sub-plan with the condition that the allocated budgets must be utilized within the same year and also the unused funds are often carried over to the next taxation. Despite several social initiatives taken by the government, including the addition of tribal residential schools for the upliftment of the tribals, they remain in dire poverty and backwardness due to decades of oppression and neglect. The last decision of the authorities is transformative for the socio-economic development of the tribes.