CM KCR to ensure reservation for socially, economically backward minorities and Scheduled Tribes

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Hyderabad, Nov 10 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said his government will wage a legal battle if the Centre refuses to ensure increased reservation for socially and economically backward minorities and Scheduled Tribes. He told the assembly that he was confident that the Centre will accept the state's demand to include the state legislation in the 9th Schedule of the Indian Constitution to this effect but said the state will approach the Supreme Court if required. He said the ruling TRS government will also raise the issue in the winter session of Parliament. In April, the assembly passed legislation which increases the quota for the two categories to 12 and 10 per cent respectively. Socially and economically backward among the Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category currently enjoy 4 percent quota in educational institutions and government jobs while STs have 6 percent reservation. The inclusion in the 9th Schedule will provide the legislation immunity from judicial review. The hike in quota for Muslims and STs will take overall reservation in Telangana to 62 percent.

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