Chhattisgarh panel wants quotas raised to 71 percent
A cabinet sub-committee in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled
Chhattisgarh has recommended raising the combined reservation limit
for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward
Classes (OBC) to 71 percent from 50 percent.
'The sub-committee recently submitted its report to Chief Minister
Raman Singh recommending that the reservation limit for the ST be
raised to 32 percent from the existing 18-20 percent,' a minister who
was a member of the panel headed by Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar told
'The panel also suggested that the reservation for SC be reduced to 12
percent from the existing 16 percent,' he said on condition of
He said the recommendation to increase the reservation limit for ST
and decrease that for SC was made in view of the population percentage
of these categories. The ST form nearly 32 percent and the SC some 12
percent of the state's estimated 20.08 million population.
The minister said the sub-committee had also recommended raising the
reservation limit for the OBC to 27 percent from the existing 14
percent. The OBC form close to 50 percent of the population.
The existing reservation criteria was fixed before the state was
carved out of Madhya Pradesh. Several organisations representing
tribals had held rallies demanding a hike in the reservation limit for
The General Administration department will study the sub-committee'
recommendations which will later be taken up by the cabinet, probably
the next month, a government source said.
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