AP to implement 10% EWS quota in employment, education

Andhra Pradesh government has issued fresh orders for the implementation of 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in education and employment, as per the Constitution 103 Amendment Act. In fact, after the interim order passed by the High Court in a writ petition, the state government has been implementing EWS reservation in education for the last two years.

Persons not covered under the existing scheme of reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Socially and Educationally Backward Classes, whose gross family income is less than Rs.8 lakh per annum, will get the benefit of EWS reservation, issued by the head An order secretary Aditya Nath Das said. The latest order practically repeals two laws enacted by the previous TDP government in 2019, which split the 10 per cent EWS reservation into equal halves, one half exclusively for the Kapu community, making it a sub-section under the EWS. – Make category.

The TDP government had in 2017 sought to enact a law to classify Kapus as backward classes, but the bill did not get the Centre’s nod. “It is pertinent to note that the Bill (No. 33) and Acts No. 14 and 15 of 2019 contradict each other.

The Bill seeks to include Kapus in the list of BCs through a separate category BCF, thereby making the gross reservation for different categories 55 per cent,” the chief secretary said in a Wednesday midnight order. Das also said that Acts 14 and 15 sought to provide five per cent reservation to Kapus under the EWS category by creating a sub-category within the total 10 per cent reservation provided by the Constitution 103 Amendment Act, 2019.

He pointed out that both the Acts were challenged before the AP High Court and the trial was still pending. The chief secretary said, “Any decision taken by the state government must be in compliance with the Constitution 103 Amendment Act, 2019. On the contrary, and leading to litigation, essentially deprives members of the EWS community from the benefits of reservation. ,” said the Chief Secretary.

Das said that the government has decided to reiterate the principles and guidelines issued in the order dated July 27, 2019 (for EWS reservation in education) in employment as well. He said the EWS reservation would be for appointments to the initial posts and services as per the Constitution 103 Amendment Act, subject to the outcome of several petitions and PILs pending before the High Court and the Supreme Court.

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