Bengaluru: The chorus for reservation for locals in Karnataka is getting more and more loud.

Though the Constitution ensures freedom of movement and job opportunity for all, irrespective of their native places, there is an indignant feeling that locals do not have sufficient representation in their own states.

Advocates of such a move point their fingers at four states which have either implemented a rule honouring local sentiments or are mulling over the prospect. 

Here are the four states:


Reservation implemented/proposed

Andhra Pradesh

75% in industrial sector implemented


80% in industrial sector (Proposed)

Madhya Pradesh

70% in private sector (proposed)


70% in industrial sector (proposed)

Now, while the four states deem it fit to have massive local representation in their states, there is an open and robust feeling that Karnataka too should mull on these lines.

Karnataka was in the vanguard of such a proposal as early as the 1980s.

In fact, the Gokak agitation led by matinee idol Rajkumar recommended the primacy of Kannada as a language in Karnataka. It also shed light on the need to reserve jobs for locals.

A senior journalist, on conditions of anonymity said, “In certain areas, you have to be conscious that, if locals are not preferred, their lives can be destroyed leading to inequality. For example, if you take the instance of backward states like Odisha, if migrants come and take away local jobs, their livelihoods can be destroyed. The government has to ensure the local representation is not compromised with.”

Another report that comes to mind is the Sarojini Mahishi report in which the former MP had suggested that a major chunk of employment should be reserved for Kannadigas.

The fervent plea of the locals here is now to the new chief minister BS Yediyurappa to look into the issue.