What is Telangana’s Muslim, ST quota hike?

The increase in quota would mean that it will exceed the 50 per cent limit in reservations set by the Supreme Court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2017 3:39 pm
telangana quota, telangana muslim reservation, telangana muslim quota, muslim reservation telangana, muslim quota telangana, india news, muslim reservation, muslim quota, latest news, Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Mohammed Saleem Waqf Board chairman and SETWIN Chairman Inayat Ali Baquari along with party workers pouring milk on a portrait of Telangana CM K.Chandrashekhar Rao for an approval of 12% reservation for the Muslims minority by the cabinet. (Source: PTI Photo)

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a special Assembly session on Sunday where a Bill is set to be introduced for increasing the reservation for minority Muslims and scheduled tribes in educational institutions and at workplaces. Here is all you need to know about the quota hike situation in Telangana:

The government of Telangana wants to hike the quota for Muslims and scheduled tribes which was a poll promise of KCR’s party Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). At present, Muslims have a 4 per cent quota under the OBC category while STs have 6 per cent quota. The bill seeks to increase the quota for Muslims to 12 per cent and for STs to 10 per cent.

Apart from the BJP, which has five MLAs in the 119-member Telangana Assembly, there is near unanimity in the House over the issue with the TRS backing the Bill with its 90 MLAs. BJP has, meanwhile, maintained its adverse stand against the proposed move which it termed as minority appeasement. It is most likely that the Bill will be passed when the motion is called as the numbers are in TRS’ favour.

The increase in quota would mean that it will exceed the 50 per cent limit in reservations set by the Supreme Court. However, KCR cited Tamil Nadu as an example to counter the argument against such move. Tamil Nadu has 69 per cent reservation in place after it was added to the ninth schedule . However, the case is pending before a nine-member Supreme Court constitution bench.

Hence, KCR has marketed his Bill to hike reservations as a move based on economic criteria claiming that it has nothing to do with religion or caste. In July 2004, then CM of Andhra Pradesh YS Rajasekhara Reddy granted 5 per cent quota to Muslims under OBC category, classifying the Muslim community, as a whole, of being a backward class. His government, nonetheless, had to bring it down to 4 per cent so that the 50 per cent mark was not breached.

According to KCR, after Telangana was carved out from Andhra Pradesh, the Muslim population in Telangana region increased from 9 per cent to over 12 per cent. Therefore, his party and government are now intent on increasing the quota for Muslims. Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asadudding Owaisi, whose party holds seven seats in the Assembly, had recently expressed reservations fearing that if someone takes the matter to court, the existing 4 per cent reservation may also be put in jeopardy.

Politically, the takeaway for TRS is an increased support from the Muslim community The Sudhir Commission which was set up to take stock of the socio-economic and educational status of Muslims observed in its report that in Telangana, following the general trend across India, the proportion of Muslim employees had fallen.

The commission’s report observed that Muslim employees were just 7.36 per cent of the total workforce in the state. While the quota may not be the surefire medicine to the issue, it seems to be the immediate cure the government is looking for. It does, on the other hand, take away the focus from quality.

Meanwhile, rivals Telugu Desam Party had pushed for a larger quota ( 52 per cent) for the backward classes, up from the current 25 per cent. That is proportionate to the 52 per cent population of backward classes in the state. In case the government passes the bill and the TDP has its way, a whopping 89 per cent seats will be reserved in Telangana for educational institutions and jobs.

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  1. R
    Apr 19, 2017 at 3:25 am
    If Muslims are a "backward CASTE" - then why do they have a separate personal law ? They should follow Hindu personal laws as they are a "backward caste" . They can't be a "caste" and a "religion" at the same time. This attempt to make a mockery of the reservation system should have been struck down LONG ago - its a travesty and this is not the intent of reservations that the people who were ruling Hyderabad for the past 500 years be equated with the SCs and STs who were carrying night soil and who Ambedkar fought for!
    1. P
      PRashant S
      Apr 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm
      KCR started his self destruction with this decision. Its time all Hindu United. Regional parties like SP, BSP, TRS and big size region party like congress more concern on Muslim poor people, this is what pseudo secularism. Can this party give answer below question. we can understand caste reservation based on untouchablity history, But how religion matters? Do you expect all Hindus poor people to change their religion to Muslim for benefit for this reservation ? Individual in his entire life can change several religions, how can differentiate this bill for those individuals in future? During Babar rule, most of Hindus converted to Muslim, Is it backwardness? You expect Muslims to vote in next election? Do you believe Hindus will vote blindly? That's the only religion today BJP is getting strong in every state......Its time in telangana for BJP
      1. M
        Apr 17, 2017 at 5:40 am
        It has become meaningless. Hasn't it? KCR and his party will lose next election, because the Hindu BCs and OBCs will vote against him and his party. BJP will gain. Hindus will ask, "ALL Muslims, including Owaisi family, are to be cl ed as 'backward' worthy of 'reservation'?? Media columnists can deplore 'Hindu Vote Bank' for ever, but it will happen. Hindus will realise how much parties like KCR's win through "divide Hindus and rule with Muslim Vote Bank".
        1. S
          Apr 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm
          Go ahead and do it with 100 , Government hiring is down 89 under BJP regime even 100 reservation is not enough in that angle.... The fact is that education based employment is down to mere 10 ... Today skills are most important, A chef can earn around 30,000 just because of his cooking skill, but an engineer graduated from JNTU hardly gets to make that money.... Cheers all monkeys
          1. T
            Apr 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm
            self destruct mode on. go f k yourself KCR.not every upper cl person is a millionare a .
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