Hyderabad: TDP senior leader and Politburo member Mr. Yanamala Rama Krishnudu has demanded that the bill to provide representation to BCs, who form majority of the population, be immediately introduced in the Parliament.
In a statement here on Friday, he said despite many agitations on the issue, there was no response from the government. He has reminded that the Andhra Pradesh Assembly has passed a resolution recommending these reservations when the Telugu Desam party was in power in the state. He said the bill providing 33 percent reservation to BCs in legislatures be introduced in the ensuing Parliament session.
Claiming that the TDP made remarkable efforts to provide opportunities for the BCs in political power, he said his party had first introduced BC reservation in the local bodies. However, the present Congress government was trying to reduce reservation for the BCs from 34 to 24 percent, under the guise of the Supreme Court judgment. He has alleged that though the SC judgment came an year ago, the government had not initiated any constitutional measures to overcome the legal hurdle. He said because of the treacherous attitude of the government, the BC reservation issue has now become a legal problem. He said if the government has any love for the BCs as it was claiming, it should bring pressure on the central government to bring a constitutional amendment.
Mr. Rama Krishnudu has said that the poor among the BCs were becoming poorer as the state and central governments were not allotting enough funds for their welfare. He said though the government has increased the number of castes among the BC category, it failed to increase the budget. Though the constitution has mandated that the government should take special measures for the development of the BCs in education, employment, economic and political development, the government had not initiated any steps to implement these directions. Even the BC corporation was not being provided funds, he complained. Demanding that a BC sub-plan be prepared by both the central and state governments, Rama Krishnudu said proportionate allocations should be made as per the population of the BCs. He has also demanded the creation of a BC Welfare ministry with special budget.