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AP government tables Bill for 5% Kapu reservation

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday offered a Bill within the state meeting to give five% reservation in education and employment to the Kapu community.

Minister for BC welfare and transport, Okay Atchannaidu, offered the Bill. The government had proposed five% reservation to the Kapu, Ontari, Balija and Telaga sub-castes. With the Centre giving 10% reservation to the economically weaker sections (EWS), the state has allocated half of that to the Kapus and its sub-castes in education and employment, said the minister whilst tabling the Bill.

He said, “There is each and every want to supply five% reservation to the EWS in Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Ontari castes that are not covered below the prevailing Constitutional scheme of reservation and another five% reservation to other EWS voters who are not covered below the prevailing Constitutional scheme of reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Socially and Educationally Backward Class voters within the admission to the educational establishments whether or not aided or unaided, as opposed to minority instructional establishments, and within the appointments within the civil posts and services below the State government.”

Kapus have long demanded reservation in education and employment. The motion has intensified over the last 3 years, with former AP minister Mudragada Padmanabham at its helm. The TDP had promised inclusion of the Kapus within the BC record in its 2014 election manifesto.

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