The Chhattisgarh government is going to bring the Reservation Amendment Bill in the midst of a ruckus due to the abolition of reservations. A special Vidhan Sabha has been called on December 1 and 2 for the same.
In Chhattisgarh, the chief minister’s Secretariat has been working till midnight to prepare for the Bills to be introduced in the session and for the chief minister’s speech. It is being told that the draft of amendment bills on the reservation is almost ready. It will be approved in the state cabinet meeting to be held on November 24.
“The state government is very serious about reservation. In view of circumstances, it was decided that the provisions of the Reservation Ac, which were canceled by the High Court, should be made effective again through the law. It will be passed on December 2”, said a state minister.
The central government will be urged to include this reservation law of Chhattisgarh in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. The effect of being included in the Ninth Schedule is that it cannot challenged in any court.
In 2012, Chhattisgarh government made an amendment to slash Scheduled Castes (SCs) by 4 to 12 %, while reservation or Scheduled Tribes (STs) will be increased by 12% (from 20% to 32%). With this the cumulative reservation in the state went up to 58% breaching the 50% ceiling limit.
Earlier in September, Chhattisgarh High Court in Bilaspur had set aside the state government’s 2012 decision to raise the quota to 58 percent in government jobs and admissions in educational institutions and government obs. The court stated that reservation exceeding 50% ceiling is unconstitutional.