Hyderabad: The State government will be introducing a bill to facilitate 12 per cent reservation for tribal people in the State during the ongoing winter session of the State Legislature, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said on Wednesday at Jainur village of Komram Bheem Asifabad district.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had promised to increase the reservation for tribal people from the existing six per cent to 12 per cent during the 2014 elections, and is now keen on redeeming his promise, he said.
According to the data drawn from the household survey conducted by the State government, the ST population was over 36 lakh, registering an increase from 6 per cent to 9 per cent of the total population. After eliciting opinion from tribal leaders and stake-holders, the Chellappa Commission had also recommended the hike in reservation in its report.
According to Tribal Welfare Department officials, the bill was ready with the government and it would be introduced any time during the second spell of the winter session scheduled to start on January 17. This is the highest percentage of reservation given to tribal people. The move will further enhance education, employment and political opportunities for the so far alienated tribal families in the State.