Tribal quota: Review plea in SC in 4 days

TS, AP working together after SC quashed 100% quota for ST teachers in scheduled areas

By Author  |  Published: 29th Jun 2020  7:55 pm

Hyderabad: The Telangana government will file a review petition in the next 3 or 4 days against the Supreme Court’s recent verdict quashing GO 3 that facilitates 100% reservation for Scheduled Tribe (ST) teachers in scheduled areas of the State.

ST Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod said that the State government was working in tandem with the Andhra Pradesh government as the GO pertains to both the States.

The Minister, who reviewed the preparations for filing the review petition here on Monday, said that combined efforts were being made as per the advice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who said the need of the hour was to get the GO back on track so that absenteeism of non-tribal teachers won’t affect the future of tribal students.

“Officials have informed me that the petition was drafted after due consultation with the Advocate General and also with the help of Advocate on Record of Telangana in the Supreme Court, senior SC lawyers and experts on the subject,” she said, adding that the State would also exert pressure on the Centre to start classes in the tribal university, which was guaranteed under the 2014 bifurcation Act.

“We have urged the Union Human Resources Ministry to allow us to run classes even as permanent buildings are being constructed at Jakaram of Mulugu district,” she said. The Centre had okayed a vocational training centre there, but the process of starting classes was pending. “Due to the delay, the students have lost a precious academic year. We are trying hard to impress upon the Centre to grant permission to start classes so that they could be taken up at least in temporary classrooms, and we can start admissions for the next academic year,” she said. Commissioner ST Welfare Christina Z Chongtu also participated in the meeting.

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