CG: Bill Passed to Hike Reservation Quotas

Raipur, Chhattisgarh: The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed two new bills to provide reservations to SC, ST, OBC, and the poor general category. It has been sent to the governor. Bills will become Acts after they are signed. As soon as it is published in the extraordinary gazette, the new system of the reservation will be implemented in the state. Only after that, the roster of reservations will be released for new recruitments and admission in schools and colleges in the state. Reservation has been abolished in Chhattisgarh by a decision of the High Court on 19th September.

During the discussion on the bill in the House, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “After the passage of the bill, today itself our senior ministers will go to the governor to sign it. We will present our case in the Supreme Court as well with quantifiable data.” Appealing to the opposition, the Chief Minister further said, “Leader of Opposition, former Leader of Opposition, Raman Singh, Brijmohan Ajay Chandrakar, BSP and Janata Congress MLAs jointly meet the Prime Minister. There should be no party talk in this.” Earlier, the opposition brought amendment proposals for these bills.

After the proceedings of the assembly were over, the process of sending the bills to the Raj Bhavan started immediately. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Choubey, Law Minister Mohammad Akbar, Excise Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, and Urban Administration Minister Shiv Dahria reached the Raj Bhavan at night itself after completing the formalities at the Assembly Secretariat. 

There they met Governor Anusuiya Uike and handed over the Chhattisgarh Public Service (Reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Amendment Bill-2022 and the Chhattisgarh Reservation in Educational Institution Admission (Amendment) Bill-2022 passed in the Assembly. 

The Chhattisgarh Public Service (Reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes) Amendment Bill and Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill have been passed. In both these Bills, the reservation ratio has been fixed at 32% for tribal class-ST, 13% for Scheduled Caste-SC and 27% for Other Backward Classes-OBC. There is also a proposal to give 4% reservation to the poor of the general category. Including this, there will be 76% reservation in Chhattisgarh.

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