The increase in reservations for tribals is likely to land in a mess as the government included new castes in the list. The government on Sunday passed a bill increasing reservations for Scheduled Tribes from 6% to 10%. Apart from increasing the quota, the government also included Valmiki Boya and Kayitha Lambada castes in the ST list. Though the population percentage of STs in the state as per 2011 census was 9.08, the government earmarked 10% quota for STs citing inclusion of new castes as reason. As per the constitution, only the Centre has the power to include any caste in the SC and ST list.
The decision to include Valmiki Boya and Kayitha Lambada by the TRS government requires the approval of the Centre. "There are several differences in culture and traditions of these two castes. Inclusion of them in the ST list will be unwelcom as the new castes are more urbanized. Moreover, already Koya and Lambada castes are clashing on certain issues and inclusion of more castes would aggravate the situation," said Sunnam Rajaiah, CPM legislator. Reacting to this, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao advised the CPM to ensure peace in the tribal areas by convincing all communities. He defended the decision stating that it was long pending and also represented by various political parties.
Some members asked for extension of ST reservation to the Vaddera community and strict enforcement of job and admission quota in government institutions.
The government on Sunday passed a bill increasing reservations for Scheduled Tribes from 6% to 10%. The government also included Valmiki Boya and Kayitha Lambada castes. They earmarked 10% quota citing inclusion of new castes.