Cabinet decides to give political reservation within 50 per cent limit
Mumbai: The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to issue an ordinance to implement political reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats in the state. The reservation will be given in compliance with the 50 per cent limit imposed by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has quashed the political reservation of OBCs in local bodies in the state. The court said the reservation could be restored by meeting the 50 per cent reservation limit and proving the OBC’s political backwardness. This heated up the political atmosphere in the state. Opposition BJP is agitating for it. Against this backdrop, the Cabinet approved the proposal to issue an ordinance to implement political reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats.
Earlier, 27 per cent reservation was implemented for OBCs in all Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats. As a result, in some places, especially in tribal-dominated districts, the combined reservation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs had gone up to 51 to 80 per cent. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court in this regard. The court canceled the reservation of OBCs. Now, due to the ordinance approved by the Cabinet, the reservation will be implemented for OBCs in local bodies by complying with the 50 per cent reservation limit.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had issued an ordinance to give reservation to OBCs with 50 per cent limit and maintaining Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe seats. We are going to issue an ordinance on the same lines. After the issuance of this ordinance, OBCs in the state will get 27 per cent reservation in some districts, 20 per cent in some places and 4 per cent in others. The total number of OBC seats will be reduced by 10 to 12 per cent. It doesn’t matter if the total number of seats is reduced by 10 to 12 per cent. But 90 per cent seats will be saved, explained the state’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
We try to take what we get rather than get nothing. The ordinance will give OBCs 90 per cent of their seats. We are going to fight a court battle for the remaining ten per cent seats. Removing an ordinance does not mean doing nothing. Bhujbal also added that our court battle will continue.
Decrease in spaces
Due to the ordinance approved by the Cabinet, this reservation will be implemented for OBCs in local bodies complying with the 50 per cent limit.
The Constitution provides for reservation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in proportion to the population. He can’t be pushed. Therefore, due to 50 per cent limit, OBC reservation will be reduced.
A total of 2 lakh 23 thousand seats are in the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti. Out of which 53 thousand 945 were reserved for OBCs. Due to this ordinance, 8895 seats will be reduced. It is estimated that out of 4404 seats in Zilla Parishad, 556 seats will be reduced.