Reservation quota for Muslims was hiked today through a bill passed unanimously in the Telangana assembly. The quota is set at 12% and it will be applicable for Muslims who are socially and economically backward. The Telangana assembly has also approved reservation quota of 10% for Scheduled Tribes. The bill for Muslim quota was strongly opposed by BJP members, but these members were suspended after the bill was approved. However, the reservation bill for backward class, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes was supported by the entire opposition. It will now be taken up for discussion in the state legislative council.
It may be recalled that the reservation quota for Muslims was 4% earlier. This has now been increased to 12%. The quota for scheduled tribes, as relevant to government jobs and educational institutions, was 6% earlier, and now it has been increased to 10%. After legislative council’s approval, the bill will require approval from the President of India. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that if the center does not approve the bill, the state government will approach the Supreme Court.