Karnataka cabinet OKs 10% EWS quota in general category | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid heightened buzz over a change of leadership in Karnataka, the state cabinet on Thursday decided to implement 10% reservation in education and employment for economically weaker sections (EWS) among all castes under the general category.
“Persons who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and socially and educationally backward classes, with a gross family income below Rs 8 lakh per annum, will get the benefit of EWS reservation,” law minister Basavaraj Bommai said after the cabinet meeting.

The decision, which is expected to have huge political resonance in the state, is being seen as one of the last important decisions taken by BS Yediyurappa at the helm of the government.
Backward classes’ welfare minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said the decision to implement 10% reservation for castes and communities not covered under the SC/ST or OBC categories was a reiteration of the Centre’s move.
The Centre had defined, under its own calculations, the castes and communities which can be provided the reservation. Accordingly, the state government is also putting together a list of castes and communities that are not covered under any of the other quotas,” he said.
The implementation of the 10% reservation in Karnataka had suffered a huge setback due to duplication of castes and communities which were covered in some quota or the other, while others were denied on the premise that they are “unrecognised” under the larger caste bracket.
“For example, the Gaud Saraswat Brahmins (GSB) in the coastal parts had a huge problem securing reservation under the 10% quota due to lack of clarity on who needed to be included and who to be excluded,” said Poojary.
CM Yediyurappa also approved a grant of Rs 3,000 per hectare for every farmer to invest in increasing organic carbon in the soil. The grant will be to a maximum of 2 hectare for every farmer.
“Since scientists have been advising the government of the soil losing its organic carbon in Karnataka, we are ensuring that from sowing seeds to purchasing of organic manure and maintaining soil card, a sum of Rs 3,000 per farmer per hectare for a maximum of 2 hectares will be provided,” said Bommai.
Bommai said the government has allocated Rs 75 crore for the purpose, for a period of 5 years, and Rs 10 crore is being released in this fiscal towards this effort.
The Yediyurappa cabinet also approved the cashless health scheme of Karnataka Arogya sanjeevani scheme for state government employees and their family members. It will have a financial implication of Rs 250 crore per year, as per estimates.
In other decisions, the cabinet approved schemes related to CM Yediyurappa’s home district of Shivamogga, which is being seen as a farewell gift for the district. These include the approval of 9.3 acres of land for a cow protection society, an AYUSH university and a cancer centre in the district.

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