Bengaluru: One BBMP poll hurdle cleared as govt accepts report on OBC quota | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: The Siddaramaiah cabinet on Thursday cleared the path to hold longoverdue BBMP, zilla panchayat and taluk panchayat elections by accepting the Justice K Bhaktavatsala Commission report that recommends providing up to 33% reservation for Other Backward Classes in urban and rural local bodies. It also approved reservations for OBCs in BBMP mayor and deputy mayor posts. “The 33% reservation will come into force in the upcoming BBMP and zilla and taluk panchayat elections,” said law and parliamentary affairs minister HK Patil.
Determining reservation for OBCs was one of the reasons for the delay in holding elections to these local bodies. However, the cabinet rejected the commission’s recommendations to increase the tenures of mayors and deputy mayors of other urban local bodies from 12 months to 30 months, as provided in the case of BBMP mayor and deputy mayor, and also reclassification of OBCs into four categories. Currently, OBCs are classified under two categories — A and B.
The commission had opined that creating additional categories was necessary for the purpose of effective reservation in favour of OBCs including minorities. “The cabinet using its wisdom decided to reject these two recommendations,” Patil said. The commission was set up by the previous BJP government headed by Basavaraj Bommai after the Supreme Court ordered states to justify reservation for OBCs with empirical evidence of their political backwardness.
The cabinet also decided to bring all urban and local bodies election wings under the purview of the department of personnel and administrative reforms as recommended by the commission. New layout development policy In another significant decision, the cabinet decided to fix sharing of developed land with landowners in layouts developed by the Karnataka Housing Board on a case-tocase basis instead of the existing 60:40 or 50:50 formula. Patil said that since the cost of acquiring land and developing layouts is much higher in Bengaluru compared to other cities, a common formula was not financially viable. “All proposals will come to the cabinet which will decide the extent of share between landowners and KHB,” the minister said.

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