HYDERABAD: The state government is all set to pass a bill in the state Assembly on Sunday, providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims, besides enhancing quota for STs from the existing 6 to 10 per cent.
A special session of the state Legislature would be held here on Sunday for adopting the Telangana State Reservation Bill in this regard.
Both the Houses of the Legislature will adopt two other bills. The state Cabinet, which met on Saturday, approved the proposal for providing more reservations to Muslims and STs.
According to sources, the Cabinet has resolved to increase total reservations to Muslims by listing them in BC category. With this, the total reservations in the state will be 62 per cent from the present 50 per cent. However, the hike would come into effect only if the Centre accepts the same and amends the Constitution accordingly.
“As this will take the overall reservations in the state beyond the prescribed limit of 50 per cent, the Legislature will pass Telangana Reservation Bill and send it to the Centre, urging it to include a provision in the IX Schedule of the Constitution as was done in Tamil Nadu, wherein the overall quota of reservations is 69 per cent,” sources said.
According to sources, the Cabinet has also ratified the Telangana State Heritage Bill. So far, the heritage bill was limited to Hyderabad.
“Protection of heritage structures in the state should not be limited to Hyderabad. All the heritage structures in the state should be brought under the ambit of Heritage Act,” chief minister Rao said in the meeting.
GST bill of the Central government would also be ratified by the Legislature to fulfil Constitutional obligations. The Cabinet has also finalised tender process for Kaleshwaram and Mid Maniar irrigation projects. It also approved the construction of Tummilla lift irrigation project at a cost of Rs 783 crore to provide water to 87,500 acres in Alampur in Jogulamba-Gadwal district.