After a lot of representations and protests, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday announced implementation of reservations for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in education and employment.
In January 2019, the Narendra Modi government at the Centre introduced a Constitutional amendment bill in Parliament seeking to provide 10 per cent reservations for Economically Weaker Sections in education and employment.
People who have an annual income less than Rs 8 lakh, own less than five acres of farm land, have house smaller than 1,000 sq feet in a town or a 100 sq yard house in notified municipal area would be treated as economically weaker sections and they would qualify for the quota.
It has been two years since the quota came under implementation, but the Telangana government has not been implementing the same on one pretext or the other, leading to lot of protests from the poor sections of upper castes.
Now, KCR decided to implement the 10 per cent reservations for EWS group in the state. According to an official release, the chief minister will hold a high-level meeting in two or three days and issue orders to this effect.
“There is a need to implement 10 per cent reservation for EWS in education and jobs even as the government continues with the existing reservations for different sections of society,” he said.
With the 10 per cent reservation for EWS and the existing 50 per cent reservation implemented for other weaker sections, the total reservations would go up to 60 per cent.