QUOTA CALL … YSRC MP Vijaya Sai Reddy seeks reservations for BCs in Parliament and state assemblies



NEW DELHI: A private member’s bill has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha, seeking 50 per cent reservation for backward communities. The bill was brought forward this week by YSRC member, V Vijaya Sai Reddy, who said the BCs – also known as OBCs in the north – account for 50 per cent of the population.  His aim, he said, was to provide social justice to the backward communities, who are under-represented in legislative bodies.

He noted in the bill that in 1984, the OBC members in the Lok Sabha were no more than 11 per cent. Their strength rose to 18 per cent in 2009. The scenario more or less remained the same now too. He also noted that some 2,200 of OBC communities out of the total 2,400 communities were never represented in Parliament or state assemblies. He said his leader, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who formed government in Andhra Pradesh last month ensured more than 60 per cent representation in all for OBCs, STs and SCs as also Minorities in his cabinet. These, he said, included five deputy chief ministers.

Vijay Sai Reddy called for a Constitutional amendment with reference to Section 330 and 332 which offers reservations to SCs and STs in Parliament and state assemblies at the rate of 10 per cent of the seats. He also said the Kelkar Committee report of 1953 and the Mandal commission report of 1978 had made recommendations for BC quotas in parliament and assemblies, but these were not implemented. IHN=NN

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