Ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai-led government has made some notable changes to the state’s reservation quota, removing the 4 per cent allocation for Muslims.
In a cabinet meeting, held earlier on Friday, the Karnataka government increased the reservation quota from 50 per cent to 56 per cent.
The government has also decided to scrap 4 per cent OBC reservation for Muslims. They will now be moved to 10 per cent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. With the latest rejig, the Muslims will now have to compete with EWS quota, which has Brahmins, Vysyas, Mudaliyars, Jains and others.
Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, CM Bommai said that the religious minorities quota would be done away with and brought under the 10 percent pool of the EWS group without any change of condition.
The EWS quota given by the central government is 10 per cent.
The government has also decided that the 4 per cent quota of Muslims will now be given to Vokkaligas (2 per cent) and Lingayats (2 per cent) for whom two new reservation categories of 2C and 2D were created during the Belagavi Assembly Session last year.
Additionally, the Karnataka government has hiked reservations for Scheduled Castes (SCs) from 15 to 17 per cent and Scheduled Tribes (STs) from 3 to 7 per cent.
“The four per cent (reservation for minorities) will be divided into two between 2C and 2D. The four per cent reservation for the Vokkaligas and others will enhance to six per cent and Veerashaiva Panchamasali and others (Lingayats), who were getting five per cent reservation will now get seven per cent,” the chief minister said.