27% Reservation for OBCs in Local Self-Government; SC-ST Quotas Unchanged

A Cabinet meeting was held in Gandhinagar today, in which the Jewelery Commission report was tabled. After the release of the report, there is a possibility that local self-government elections will be announced in the near future and the government has also released the OBC reservation report. Now 27 per cent seats have been reserved for OBCs, while ST seats will be kept unchanged. When elections to local self-government bodies will be held on the existing demarcations. As the Lok Sabha elections are coming, BJP believes that we have reserved 27 percent out of 10 percent. While Congress believes that this is the victory of our struggle.

The Balance Will Be Disrupted

When the social pattern is looked at, 27 percent reservation will be applied where the OBC community population is high and 27 percent reservation will be applied even where the population is low. So there is a full possibility of social injustice. For example in Banaskantha OBC community population is 70% then there will be only 27% reservation and in Bharuch OBC community population is 5% then there will also be 27% reservation. So the balance can be disturbed.

Cabinet Minister Rishikesh Patel Addressed a Press Conference Regarding

This and said that the Commission has been constituted. Based on the recommendations, institutional reservation for local self-government has been given, care has been taken that it does not exceed 50 percent of the total seats. Zaveri Commission was constituted in 2022 and received its report in 2023 and after studying this recommendation in 3 months, a decision has been taken regarding reservation in local self-government bodies. 27 per cent reservation has been recommended for seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes, i.e. 27 per cent reservation has been recommended for SCs, STs and OBCs.

Tribal Population More in 9 Districts and 61 Talukas

He further said that tribal population is more than 50 percent in 9 districts and 61 talukas. Seats will be allocated according to population in this area. Giving 10 seats to OBCs will continue. If there is 25 to 50 percent of the population, then according to the rule, giving seats means that the OBC seats will decrease, so in that case, the government has kept 10 percent reservation. After studying the unit it will be seen that 27 percent does not exceed 50 percent. We give the remaining gap. 50 percent of the total seats are reserved, i.e. 27 percent are reserved.

Rishikesh Patel further said that the election will be held according to the current delimitation and the government is interested in the local self-government elections being held very quickly as the recommendation is accepted and OBCs get importance and representation in that too.

The election will be held according to the existing delimitation. Reservation will be done according to population.

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