Devaswom boards: Kerala govt announces 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker among Hindu forward communities

While reservation for Ezhava community was increased from 14 per cent to 17 per cent, for the SC/ST community, it was hiked from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. Additionally, reservation for Hindu OBC communities excluding Ezhavas will be hiked from 3 per cent to 6 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi | Updated: November 15, 2017 6:50 pm
reservation, Kerala government, Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala chief minister, SC/ST communities, Ezhavas Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Among a slew of decisions taken by the Kerala government on Wednesday was the politically-significant move to grant 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward among Hindu forward castes in recruitment to all the five Devaswom boards and the Kerala Davaswom Recruitment Boards in the state. The Devaswom boards manage over 3000 Hindu temples, schools and colleges in Kerala and wield massive influence.

In a tweet, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “It is for the first time in the country that the economically backward among forward castes are being given reservations.”

The chief minister also announced increasing reservation for people from SC/ST communities, Ezhavas and other backward communities. While reservation for Ezhava community was increased from 14 per cent to 17 per cent, for the SC/ST community, it was hiked from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. Additionally, reservation for Hindu OBC communities excluding Ezhavas will be hiked from 3 per cent to 6 per cent. Rules of the recruitment board will be amended to enforce these changes, the chief minister said.

The decision to grant reservation to economically weaker among forward communities could be seen as the ruling LDF government wooing them weeks after the Travancore Devaswom (Temple) Recruitment Board in a landmark decision shortlisted 36 non-Brahmins, including six Dalits, as priests. Though non-Brahmin priests are present in the state, most of them are attached to those operated by family trusts.

Large sections of the forward and backward Hindu communities form a significant part of the CPM vote-bank in the state.

The state cabinet also announced that recruitment to the state Waqf Board will be left to the Public Service Commission (PSC). An ordinance to this effect will be brought soon, the chief minister said.

Some of the other cabinet decisions were raising the retirement age of doctors in Health Department from 56 to 60 and 60 to 62 for doctors in the Department of Medical Education, building a bronze statue of Sree Narayana Guru in Thiruvananthapuram to mark the centenary of Guru’s proclamation of ‘Nammukku Jathiyilla’ (we have no caste) and a week-long celebration in November-December to mark the 125th anniversary of the visit of Swami Vivekananda to Kerala.

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  1. Bharathwaj Krish
    Nov 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    Religion is most revered one if it plays positive role to construct a class less society. If it falls in the hands of fanatics and feudal it will turn to be social parasite. Mr. Vijayan , with a good vision, is protecting the religions falling in the hands of demons and devils even though his party is not accepting the god faith. Originally , marxist have rejected the faith by error instead of preachers and bishops, who colluded with the oppressive feudals and royals. Now they shall also know that fight will FAITH ON GOD is negative move and the real war is to fight with those who preach oppression, hatredness and slavery in the name of religion. Hope Communist will move in right direction
    1. P
      PN badri
      Nov 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm
      Unfortunately present government in kerala interfering in daily basis in the administration of Dewasom Board maintaining Hindu temples will affect quality of administration like In TN dravidian parties unwarranted interference. Will they interfere in minority spiritual activities.
      1. K
        Nov 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm
        A welcome decision, though only a small number of the poor from the so called "forward" castes, will get the benefit. Even for this magnanimity, there is resistance from the so called 'secular/socialists" like one asokan charuvil, who is said to be communist supporter. Is he against this type of magnanimity extending to poor people, since they born in a forward class community, not due to their fault?
        1. R
          Nov 16, 2017 at 6:07 am
          Commies are scared to death about BJP growth in Kerala and doing evverything to retain their base among Hindus especialy Ezwas after dumping great Ezwa leader A anandan. Once Hindus arise, commies will be relegated to third position like it happened in WB. Congies have to decide if they want o be a real all inclusive party or just a Hindu party with the backing of Muslim-Christian and some selfish Hindu netas with no supporters! In Kerala it may work with 30 percent muslims if ML/PDF wont become their party like in Kashmir where Congress is relegated to third position after PDP and NC, local muslim parties. In WB TC has become local muslim party supporting sharia etc, probably will disappear after next round of elections. Congress in Kerala plays muslim-christian card, slaughters cow/calf in public to support beef mafia but in Gujarat they will visit temples, never utter 'Godhra' word otherwise their usual mantra to attack Modi everywhere, and refuse to field muslim candidates.
          1. Bharathwaj Krish
            Nov 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm
            Issue is different. Why persons are vomiting too many things from their brain? Wait , a few days more, what b ers you all have committed will be coming out and odour in Guj. Nation is rotting. Let a good governance continue in Kerala
          2. N
            Nov 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm
            Let Devosam Funds be used for opening colleges, technical ins utes,hospitals, homes for des ute women and old ages homes especially for economically weaker sections of all Hindu communities including tribals with Hindu values and traditions. which is lacking in India although crores and crores of funds are earned from lands and other assets of the temples.
            1. M
              Nov 16, 2017 at 12:06 am
              Hindu temple money I should mention for religious activity not for charities Why not goo to take over churches,masjid sand the funds to be use during for education etc. 1st why only Hindu temples under government why not other religious places??? No one question this but all the so-called socialists want control on Hindu religious ins utions
              1. S
                Nov 16, 2017 at 1:28 am
                Because its only the Hindu temples that get paid taxpayers money every year from the state budget, whereas the churches and the mosques get no help of the sort from the tax payer.
                1. N
                  Nov 16, 2017 at 8:01 am
                  Mr. Suraj State governments have taken over Hindu Temples and not Churches/Mosques.Temples promoted libraries,temple schools,Hospitals, community kitchens,development of arts and engineering(designs) etc. Three services health care, education and food should be given free for the needy, sick, des ute and travelers and the kings ensured this. This is Indian history particularly in South of India.Now let us use income of the temples according the requirements of day in addition to spiritual pursuits India there is an urgent need to protect the temples from vandalism and destruction of temples by the non idol worshipers to preserve Indian way of life.First have an inventory of assets of temples and let us how judiciously temple funds are used in southern states. Also get back the temple lands illegally grabbed.
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