Internal quota: SC groups 'arrive' at consensus

Internal quota: SC groups 'arrive' at consensus

At a meeting convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday on implementing the A J Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservation for the Scheduled Castes, the Left and the Right wings of the community seem to have come to an consensus.

Siddaramaiah has invited leaders of Dalit associations on Monday, a day after he held a meeting with legislators and MPs from the community, to discuss the implementation of the report.

The meeting was held in the wake of demand by the SC Left wing groups and their leaders that the government should provide internal reservation in order to ensure justice to those who failed to get the benefits of reservation in education and employment. The internal reservation has become a controversial issue with some SC Right wing groups and their leaders vehemently opposing it.

Of this reservation of 15% to SCs, the commission recommended 6% to Left Community,   5% to Right Community, 3% to 'Touchables' and 1% to Other Scheduled Castes communities.

According to sources, the consensus arrived at Monday's meeting is that reservation will be shared equally - 5.5 % each - between both Left and Right communities.

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said a final decision on implementing the report will be taken after obtaining legal opinion.

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