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Increase ST reservations in the state: Telangana minister to the Centre | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: The

Telangana government

has urged the Centre to enhance Scheduled Tribes (ST) reservations from 6.5% to 10%. The state government a couple of years ago had passed a resolution in the state assembly in favour of increasing reservations and sent to the Centre for giving consent as it requires Constitution Amendment and Presidential of India’s approval.

Telangana tribal, women and

child welfare minister Satyavathi Rathod

, during a video conference with

union tribal welfare minister

as part of national tribal research and conclave on Thursday, said post bifurcation of the state, the population of STs rose to 9.08% in the state but the reservation was remain same.

She said the Centre has not started Tribal University in Telangana despite the state government had handed over the required 350- acre land for the university. “In the AP, the tribal welfare university has started functioning, but the Centre has not given clearance to start the university,” the minister said.

Satyavathi Rathod also asked the Centre’s help in implementing GO 3, which says, the teachers’ vacancies in the agencies should be filled with locals, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in April this year. “The state government had filed a review petition on the Supreme Court’s verdict. We urge the Centre’s cooperation in bringing back the GO 3,” the minister said.

She also spoke about

mini Gurukulams

and Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in the state. “The Centre had permitted 29 mini Gurukulams last year and about 5,000 students joined and this year renewal was not given,” she said. The minister asked to sanction more Ekalvaya schools in addition to the existing 23 schools.

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