CM will meet Dalit leaders to address internal quota issues: Anjaneya

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya on Wednesday said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will shortly convene a meeting with Dalit leaders to take a decision on according internal reservation to Scheduled Castes.

Speaking to reporters after garlanding B R Ambedkar's statue to mark Ambedkar Parinirvana Day here, Anjaneya said, "The chief minister will convene a meeting comprising representatives from both sides - those demanding reservation and those opposing it - and arrive at a suitable decision."

He said certain sections were trying to spread misinformation that the government might not consider all 101 castes under SCs for internal quota.

He said that the Justice A J Sadashiva Inquiry Commission, which looked into the methods of equitable distribution of reservation facilities among Scheduled Castes (SCs), had recommended internal reservation.

Caste census

Anjaneya said that the socio-economic caste census had still not been finalised by the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission. He said that the Commission was in the process of giving finishing touches to the report.

"The chief minister will take a call on when to release the survey findings," said Anjaneya, when asked if the report will be released before the upcoming Assembly elections.

Reacting to Pejawar Mutt seer Vishweshateertha Swami's demand for incorporating changes in the Indian Constitution, Anjaney said such changes could not be made.


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