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Bengaluru, March 4 : Karnataka cabinet headed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa decided to constitute a high-level three member committee headed by a retired High Court Chief Justice to study the demands of various communities that are demanding reservations for respective communities in the state, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai said here.
This is seen as a calculated move by the ruling party to wriggle out from the reservation conundrum that was raised by four powerful communities – Lingayats, Vokkaliga, Kuruba and Valmiki – and agitations were led by BJP leaders and cabinet ministers themselves.
The decision has come just a day ahead of the month-long budget session that was to start from Thursday onwards.
Addressing media persons after the state cabinet meeting here, law and parliamentary affairs minister, Bommai said that several communities have been demanding that either they should be included in reservation or they be included in ‘much higher’ category.
“For instance, Kuruba (Shephards) of the state are demanding that they be included in Scheduled Tribe list, while a section of Lingayats are demanding that all 101 subsects of the community be included in Central OBC list, while the Panchamsali subsect of Lingyats has been demanding that they should brought under 2A category of state OBC list from present 3B category. Similarly the Schedule Tribe communities predominantly Valmikis are demanding that reservation of ST category is increased from present 3 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Besides this, there are several other communities are also demanding either internal reservation or they be included in different categories, hence it has become all pertinent for the state to constitute a high level committee to study all these issues carefully and submit its detailed report on these sensitive issues,” he explained.
He conceded that reservation is a challenging issue for us going by the various communities demands, Karnataka aiming to resolve it amicably without hurting anyone. “The high level committee will be headed by retired High Court Chief Justice, retired bureaucrat and noted social scientist as reservations deal with ethnography too,” he said.


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