Backward classes demand quota in Telangana govt’s 2BHK scheme
The chief minister’s pet double-bedroom housing project has been targeted for being unfair to the backward classes in Telangana, with community leaders on Thursday giving the government a 15-day ultimatum to announce quota for BCs under the scheme.
The community, which comprises 52 per cent of the state population, has demanded 50 per cent reservation for BCs under the scheme. With no provision made for BCs till now, leaders have warned that they would move the high court and launch a massive agitation if the government failed to meet their demand.
“There is a deliberate attempt to snub the BC community. While we demand that the government announce the quota in double-bedroom houses, we are also getting prepared for both legal and political battle. The government has 15 days from now to rectify its error,” said R Kirshnaiah, president of BC Welfare Association, who is also a TDP MLA.
The BC community is particularly ruffled that the government has given quota to Dalits and minorities, while ignoring backward classes under the scheme. Faulting the government for neglecting BCs, Krishnaiah said, “being the largest chunk of the population, BCs contribute immensely to the state exchequer. When they are getting their share of public debt, why not the benefit of a scheme?”
This is the second time that the BC community has come out in the open against the state government. Earlier this year, they registered their protest against the government’s move to include Hijdas in the list of castes belonging to the BCs following which the government retracted.