Koppal: All governments have done injustice in giving social, economic, educational and political representation to the people belonging to the castes falling in the most backward Category-I category of the State. Earlier, castes under category-I were given the same importance as SC/ST communities, said the Karnataka State Category-I Castes Federation District President Dhanraj, and demanded that since 2008, schools and colleges have to pay fees like general category students and increase it to 12 per cent from the existing 4 per cent reservation in Category-I.
He was speaking at a press conference organised by the Federation at Sri Krishna Hotel in the City. In Category-I, there are 91 castes and 302 sub-castes and due to 4 per cent reservation, the children of these communities are not able to advance socially and educationally. Politically, 152 smaller castes of sub-castes of these communities have not yet been given opportunities, he noted.
“Governments are releasing very little funds to various corporations belonging to Category-I castes and Rs. 1,000 Crore should be earmarked for each corporation every year.