Belgaum: Political reservation for OBCs in four categories leader

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Belgaum, Bangalore; Leading News Service: Retired High Court judge K. Bhaktavatsal’s commission has made it to the government.

The Supreme Court had ordered that elections should be held only after determining the political representation of the respective castes. As a result, a commission was appointed on 16 May 2022 to study and make recommendations to increase the participation and representation of backward class communities in politics. Backward class community has 33 percent reservation in local bodies. Backward communities should be divided into category 1,2,3,4 for election. It is recommended that 9.9 per cent reservation should be given for the first two categories and 6.6 per cent for the last two categories.

A total of five recommendations including reclassification of Backward Classes have been submitted by the Commission to the Sarkarcade on July 21, 2022.

A supplementary report was submitted on 31st August 2022 after re-examination of the entries in the report. Among the recommendations, categories 1 and 2 will be re-divided to form two more categories before the local body elections in 2027 or 2028. The Backward Classes (OBC) Commission has submitted a report with a view to providing reservation to others. It is recommended to review it. It has also been informed that the commission has been dissolved as the work has been completed.

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