Karnataka will raise SC, ST rate at earliest, says CM Bommai

Karnataka Premier Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday his government is “committed to the trekking reservations for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST)” and would issue an executive order to implement them at the earliest.

“We are determined to implement the reports of Justices Nagamohan Das and Subash B Adi and expand the reserve,” Bommai told media after the all-party meeting to discuss the implementation of the reports.

The meeting was attended by the leaders of all parties at Bommai’s official residence Krishna in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Core Committee at the Executive Meeting in Bengaluru also passed a resolution seeking to increase reservations for SC/STs. CT Ravi, the national secretary general of the BJP, also confirmed the move to implement the hikes as soon as possible.

REPORTS

The Commission of Justice Nagamohan Das was formed by the previous Janata Dal (S) Congress coalition, which, after eight months considering the reservation, presented its recommendation in 2020 to then-BJP Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

CM Bommai at the All Party Meeting. (CMO)

Judge HN Nagamohan Das, a retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, in his report to the Karnataka government sought to extend the state reservation for SC and ST to over 50%, which has happened in nine other states in the country. The Commission recommended increasing the quota for these communities – SC from 3% to 7% and ST from 15% to 17%.

Another former Karnataka High Court Justice, Justice Subhash Adi, has also worked on reservations for communities, particularly the Panchamsali Lingayats, Vokkaligas and Kurubas of Karnataka. The report also includes recommendations similar to those made by Justice Das.

THE DEMAND OF CONGRESS

As part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which is in its leg in Karnataka, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that the Karnataka government implement the report of the Justice Nagamohan Das Committee without delay.

At a public meeting in the village of Brahmha Devarahalli in Mandya, Gandhi asserted that the three repealed farm laws in Karnataka still exist and “aim to create widows in the state”.

Congress leaders, including opposition leader Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, criticized the BJP government for not accepting the report presented in 2020 and also raised the issue at the recently concluded monsoon session of the Karnataka Assembly.

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