Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government’s ordinance to increase jobs and education reservation quota for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) has received the Governor’s nod, paving the way for the Bommai Government to implement it.
The State Government had promulgated the ordinance on October 20 and sent it to Governor Thawarchand Gehlot for his assent.
Four days later, on Sunday, the Governor cleared the ordinance which raises the SC share by 2 per cent and ST share by 4 per cent in state’s quota for educational institutions and government jobs. With the passage of the ordinance, SC quota will stand at 17 per cent and ST quota at 7 per cent in Karnataka.
Expressing happiness at the ordinance receiving the Governor’s nod, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said “It is a Deepavali gift from the state government for the SC/ST community.”
The State Government plans to get the ordinance approved in both the Houses of the State Legislature.
The BJP Government in Karnataka decided to increase the quota based on a report prepared by a committee headed by retired High Court Justice league H. N. Nagmohan Das.
However, the move to increase the reservation for SC/STs by the State Government will mean that reservation will cross the Supreme Court’s 50 per cent limit judgement and touch 56 per cent in Karnataka.