Special session of the assembly on 1-2 December to discuss tribal reservation

New Delhi: Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Wednesday approved a proposal to convene a special session of the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly on December 1-2 to increase the tribal quota from 20 to 32 percent.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had earlier sent a resolution to Assembly Speaker Charandas Mahant requesting him to convene a two-day session to discuss the issue of reservation for tribals. Thereafter the proposal was sent to the Governor for approval.

An official statement said that Baghel has assured the tribal communities that his government is doing everything possible to give them the benefit of 32 per cent reservation.

The Chhattisgarh High Court in September quashed the government’s 2012 order to increase reservation in government jobs and admission to educational institutions to 58 per cent and held that reservation in excess of the 50 per cent limit was unconstitutional.

After this decision, the reservation for tribal communities came down from 32 per cent to 20 per cent.

A team of senior government officials and social workers from Chhattisgarh will soon visit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to study the legal status of reservations being given there, a government statement said.