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Chhattisgarh hikes OBC quota to 27%

'Taking a major step in this direction, today I announce that 27% reservation will be provided to OBCs, 13% to SCs and 32% to the Scheduled Tribes.'

, ET Bureau|
Aug 16, 2019, 07.05 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The Chhattisgarh government has announced an increase in reservation from 14% to 27% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and from 12% to 13% for Scheduled Castes in educational institutions and government jobs.

After hoisting the national flag on Independence Day at the Police Parade Ground in Raipur, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel made four major announcements. Baghel said STs, SCs and OBCs have been raising issues about their rights in a peaceful manner and it is the government’s duty to protect their constitutional rights.

“Taking a major step in this direction, today I announce that 27% reservation will be provided to OBCs, 13% to SCs and 32% to the Scheduled Tribes,” he said.

Baghel also announced the formation of a new district for better administration of the state. The new district –– Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi –– will be carved out of Bilaspur. This move, a long standing demand, would now take the number of districts in the state to 28.

The Congress government in Chhattisgarh has also been working on its promise of providing employment to educated youth. Earlier, it had announced a scheme to make gowthan (cow shelters) –– a common ground within each gram sabha –– to curb the menace of stray cattle and address the growing unemployment problem.

Baghel had, on Republic Day, announced the linking of these cow shelters to biogas plants to provide a source of income. On Thursday, Baghel took this initiative forward and announced that an assistance of Rs 10,000 per month will be provided to the gowthan committees to provide honorarium to herdsman and other facilities at the cow shelters.

Another major announcement was the development of Lemru forest area in mineral-rich Korba district as an elephant reserve to deal with the increasing man-animal conflicts in northern Chhattisgarh.

Lemru has been in the eye of political controversies.

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