Telangana passes bill to raise Muslim quota from 4 pc to 12 pc
Hyderabad : In a move to provide boost Muslims in Telangana, the legislature passed a bill which raises substantially the reservation for backward Muslims and scheduled tribes. With the new law, the total quota for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions much beyond the 50 per cent limit set by the Supreme Court.
The Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes Bill, 2017, was passed by the two houses of the legislature amid protest by five BJP MLAs, who were suspended for the day.
Barring the BJP, all other parties backed the bill.
The new legislation envisages raising reservation for socially and educationally backward Muslims from the existing four to 12 per cent and for Scheduled Tribes from six to 10 per cent.
With this, the total quota in the state has gone up to 62 per cent from 50 per cent, which is the ceiling prescribed by the Supreme Court.