The new government headed by Jaganmohan Reddy had decided to make 50 per cent reservation in all nominated posts and contracts to the members of the SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities and women. A bill was cleared by the State Cabinet and is likely to be presented in the Assembly for approval in this session, ending on July 30. The bill compels the government to ensure that all appointments of the government to the corporations, trusts and other bodies, including the market yards, should have 50 per cent of the members from these communities. Even the contracts of the government will be ensured in this equation is strictly followed.
This decision of the State government would be considered a revolutionary measure towards empowerment of these neglected sections. This is expected to bring socio-economic equality for these sections to stand up and say that they are equal human beings. This is happening after 70 years of Independence.
Initially this might be captured by the rich and influential sections, like in the case of local bodies reservations where the elected members of these sections were set aside and the powers were wield by the influential. It might take a few years from now for these sections to enjoy the fruits of this decision and hence it is a welcome move. It is for these initiatives that people have given 85 per cent of the total seats in the Assembly to Jaganmohan Reddy. They were, the 80 per cent of the population, were waiting for the benefits to reach them for the past 80 years of Independence.
Jaganmohan Reddy, during his padayatra, had promised to the people to roll out major share of socio-economic development of the State to these neglected sections. He started converting his promise into a reality from the constitution of his cabinet. The cabinet reflects what he had said and it was not a simple exercise to keep the rich and influential Reddy leaders in his party to keep away from the power. Now, this move to give 50 per cent of the development to the neglected sections, including women, will take him deeper into the hearts of the majority of the people, whom the parties have been treating for all these decades as just vote bank.