The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has expressed his wish to increase the reservation to 70 percent from its current 50 per cent and after getting approval at the legislative assembly he will recommend it to the Centre, he announced, reported Kannada Prabha.
He was speaking after unveiling the Maharshi Valmiki statue and opening the Valmiki Tapovana in front of the Vidhana Soudha on the occasion of Valmniki Jayanthi on Thursday. According to the social and educational census conducted at the State, the reservation as per caste-wise population should be raised from its current 50 percent to 70 per cent, after approved at the legislative assembly and the same will be recommended to the Centre. This move is also seen as the one to woo the voters.
This is clearly seen as an attempt to strength the Ahinda votes at the forthcoming elections. He quoted neighbouring Tamil Nadu where caste population based reservation is over 50 percent and said in the State also it should be implemented. By implementing the Scheduled Castes sub-Plans and Tribal Sub Plans Act 2013 in the last 4 years a total of Rs 26,800 crore has been spent on the welfare of SC ST. In the State budget 7.5 percent for SC and for 17 per cent for ST has been ear marked.
Which is a first in the country, he said. The government has in its purview not only Ahind but farmers, women, children, weak and old from all castes and religions. The promises made before coming to power have been fulfilled. We also brought in an Act that resident is the owner of the house, just like tiller is the owner of the land, he said.
Siddaramaiah said his government had decided to install a statue of Valmiki at Vidhana Soudha premises and 2.5 acres were allotted for the purpose. As a result a Valmiki Tapovana and a Valmiki statue are being launched. The government has proven its commitment and is willing to fulfil more demands of the Valmiki community. A massive convention of the SC St community will be organised at Bellary in December to further discuss in this regard, he said.
The State was reeling under drought from the past 3 years continuously. The famers were put to great hardships. This year for the first time famers are smiling because of good rains, he said.
Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya spoke on the occasion and said Siddaramaiah has given top priority for the welfare of the SC and ST community. He has spent Rs 14,940 crores for this purpose. He has also sanctioned 10 acres for the establishment of Maharshi Valmiki Research and Study Centre.
Cooperation Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said similar to 7.5 per cent reservation in politics for SC St, in education and employment also reservation must be made. He also appealed to the CM to name any university in the State to be named after Maharshi Valmiki.
MLC V S Ugrappa said Maharshi Valmiki gave us the concept of Rama Rajya. CM Siddaramaiah has been striving for the welfare of all communities and religions in the State and unveiling the Maharshi Valmiki at the power centre Vidhana Soudha is a symbol of self-confidence. He also appealed to grant 7.5 percent reservation to SC ST and empower them further.
Rajanahalli Valmiki Guru Peetha seer Prasannanandapuri delivered the sermon. On the occasion formr minister from Challakere Tippeswamy was conferred the Maharshi Valmiki Award by the CM.
Meanwhile, BJP State President b S Yeddyurappa came down heavily on the State Government for not inviting him for the unveiling function. He said it was during his period as CM that a decision was announced to declare holiday for Valmiki Jayanthi. The government did not invite him for the fear that the public would applaud and cheer him more, he ridiculed.