AMRAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh state assembly on Thursday passed a bill to provide five per cent reservation to the Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Ontari communities and another five per cent reservation to economically weaker sections.
According to the report, out of the five per cent reservation to Kapus, one third will be allocated to women.
Backward Caste Welfare Minister K Acchennaidu introduced the bill in the state assembly and passed unanimously.
The Kapu community has been demanding reservation for the backward caste for a long time.
On December 2, 2017, the state government had moved a Bill in the assembly seeking to provide five per cent reservation to Kapus, including the three sub-castes without hammering the existing reservation.
Then the bill was forwarded to the Centre seeking a Constitutional amendment to include Kapus in the backward classes list under Schedule IX.
However, the Centre did not accept the state's plea on the ground that it violated the Supreme Court judgement on reservations.
When the Central government announced 10 per cent reservations to economically weaker sections, the state government has decided to dedicate five per cent of that to Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Ontari communities.
On January 22, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had made an announcement.
"We had requested the Centre to extend five per cent reservation to the Kapu community long back, even though, the BJP leaders did not agree. Now, out of the 10 per cent reservation provided by the Centre to the economically weaker sections, we will give five per cent to Kapus and the balance to the EWS”.
“The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the decision for people belonging to "unreserved categories", including Christians and Muslims, in jobs and education with an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and landholding ceiling of about five acres”, the government sources had said on January 7.
On January 8, the Lok Sabha passed the bill after a day-long debate, with 323 votes against 3 votes.
The criteria for deciding on economically weaker sections would be based on the size of land holding and income of families.