Friday, December 1, 2017
The State Cabinet meeting held today has decided to recommend 5 per cent reservation for the Kapu community in the list of BCs in government jobs and other categories.
The State government accepted the recommendations of the Manjunatha Committee appointed for inclusion of Kapus in the list of BCs has accepted it. With this five per cent reservation for Kapus, it will be over and above the existing quota in the State and when implemented, the total reservation will exceed 50% cap fixed by Supreme Court. As such, the State Cabinet will be recommending the Centre to amend the Constitution so that it can be extended to Kapu community.
Reservation break up::
In Andhra Pradesh at present is 25 per cent for BCs, 15 per cent for SCs, 6 per cent for STs and 4 per cent for minorities, thus taking the total to exactly 50 per cent. The Manjunatha Committee has proposed that the five per cent reservation for Kapus be created under a new category 'F' under the BCs quota. If that happens, the total reservations in AP will touch 55 per cent, five per cent more than the cap fixed by the Supreme Court.
So far, Tamil Nadu (69 per cent), Jharkhand (62 per cent) and Karnataka (58 per cent) have taken the assembly resolution route to getting the quota included in Schedule IX of the Constitution with the help of the Centre. National BC Welfare Sangham president R Krishnaiah said all BCs will oppose the quota for Kapus as it will weaken the cause of their communities. Meanwhile, the move was welcomed by the Kapu community, including HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao.