Karnataka likely to go slow on 10% EWS quota proposal | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The proposal to provide 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in Karnataka seems to be lost in the quota agitation launched by several communities. Students and job seekers are unlikely to benefit by this quota in the near future.
The government wanted to implement it last year, but postponed it due to economic reasons compounded by the pandemic. This year, it’s finding it politically difficult to roll out the scheme without addressing demands from other communities, especially Kurubas seeking ST status and Panchamasalis demanding quota under 2A category of other backward classes (OBC). With more communities, including Lingayats, Vokkaligas, Madiwalas and Balajigas, demanding reservation, the government seems to have to go slow on the EWS quota.
A delegation led by Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board chairman HS Sachidananda Murthy met the chief minister on Thursday and urged him to expedite the process. “We expect it to be implemented shortly,” he said.
The backward classes welfare department has sent the proposal to the revenue department, the nodal agency to issue eligibility certificates to candidates, for its opinion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the EWS quota in January 2019 to ensure reservation for those who miss out on regular reservation. Since the constitutional amendment is only an enabling provision, it is not mandatory that state governments implement it. In Karnataka, the quota is now applicable only to central government jobs and educational institutions.
If implemented, the quota will be extended to state government jobs and educational institutions and it would benefit communities such as Brahmins, Vaisyas, Jains, Mudaliayars and Nairs in Karnataka. Officials of the BC welfare department said they have identified 144 communities which include sub-castes of Brahmins and Vaisyas.
“While reservation should be in proportion to population of a community, the concern is that the EWS quota may disturb it. A study based on the new census is required,” said BC welfare commissioner P Vasanth Kumar.
Another issue is that it could exceed the 50% quota of reservation and may invite legal challenges. Officials said they’re awaiting the SC verdict on pending cases.

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