Reservation Gimmick: ST quota hikes to 10% in Telangana, reduced opportunities for meritious candidates

Hyderabad: To appease the tribal population of the state, the Telangana government today issued orders providing 10 per cent reservation to Scheduled Tribes in educational institutions and government jobs. The order which comes into effect from October 1 will enhance the reservations for tribals from six per cent to ten per cent. The reservations will be applicable in educational institutions and government jobs of the state.

A bill on the 10 per cent reservation was passed by the Telangana Assembly in April 2017 and it was sent to the Centre for obtaining the President’s assent.

During these close six years the state government sent several representations in this connection, but the same is still pending. Therefore, in these circumstances, it is expedient to enhance the percentage of Scheduled Tribe reservations, without any further loss of time, the GO said.

“The Government of Telangana after careful consideration of the above special circumstances, hereby orders enhancement of reservations for the Scheduled Tribes from 6 per cent to 10 per cent in educational institutions and state government services,” it said.

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