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AP House passes Bill for 5% quota to Kapus

| | Amaravati | in Sunday Pioneer

Honouring one of his important election promises, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday successfully impressed the State Legislative Assembly to pass a Bill unanimously including Kapus in to Backward Classes as BC-F with a 5% reservation in educational institutions and of appointments or posts  under the State.

Alongside Kapu, the Bill also included Telaga, Ontari and Balija communities in BC-F category. With the sudden major political decision of Naidu, total BC reservations has reached to 34% in the State. In another important and politically strategic step, Naidu made Assembly to pass another Resolution requesting Government of India to include Boya and Valimiki communities in ST list with immediate effect. With these two steps Naidu has put his political rivalry, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is on his foot for a State-wide on road tour, who was started criticizing Naidu for cheating public with his false election promises such as including Boya and Valmiki into ST list. Janasena Party Chief and Film Star Pawan Kalyan also belongs to Kapu Community.

Andhra Pradesh Government introduced the Bill in the state assembly for providing 5% reservation for Kapu community in the state. On Friday late night, Andhra Pradesh Cabinet gave nod in this regard based on the report submitted by Manjunath Commission.

The bill facilitates including of Kapus providing them 5% reservation in BC F Category. Already the state has 29% reservation for Backward Castes(BCs) under A, B, C, D and E Categories. The state is also currently providing 15% and 6% for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) respectively. After passing Bill, Chief Minister Chandrababu said 'We are fulfilling our election promises'.

“To provide reservations for Kapu community, we formed a commission in 2016 under Justice Manjunath. During my Padayatra, I closely watched Kapu community's difficulties and then I announced to bring reservations for the community”, he said, “the existing Backward Castes won't be affected with the decision”.

“Through Kapu Corporation, we are taking up welfare activities for the community in a big way with a budget of 1000 Crores every year. Our aim is eradicate poverty, financial and social inequalities and create a happy society”, he said Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly adopted a resolution recently favouring 33% reservation for women in legislatures. In its resolution, the state assembly urges central government to provide not less than one third quota for women to increase their representation in the legislatures.

Recently, Chief Minister Naidu also launched Amaravati Declaration on Women Empowerment based on recommendations from National Women’s Parliament held in February in Amaravati.

It is noted that Andhra Pradesh is already implementing 50% reservation for women’s representation in

local bodies.




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