Government moves Kapu and other EWS quota, BC Sub-Plan Bills

The TDP government on Wednesday introduced two Bills for 5% reservation each to the Kapu sub-castes and the other Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the general category (upper castes) in the Assembly on Wednesday in the wake of the 103rd amendment to the Constitution. Minister for BC Welfare and Empowerment K. Atchan Naidu moved the A.P. Economically Weaker Sections of Citizens (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Public Services under the State for Kapus) Bill, 2019 and the A.P. Economically Weaker Sections other than Kapus (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in Public Services under the State) Bill, 2019. The government mentioned in the statement of objects and reasons that it was empowered to make provisions for 10% quota to the Kapu sub-castes and other EWS among the upper castes consequent to the 103rd constitutional amendment. The 5% reservation is for Kapus and sub-castes Telaga, Ontari and Balija and the remaining 5% for EWS other than Kapus among the upper castes. This 10% is in addition to the existing reservation of 15%, 6% and 29% respectively for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes. The A.P. Backward Classes Sub-Plan (Planning, Allocation and Utilisation of Financial Resources) Bill, 2019 is another important Bill introduced. It has been framed on the lines of the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan/Tribal Sub-Plan Act of 2013 to earmark a portion of funds from the plan outlay for exclusive development of the BCs with effect from the financial year 2015-16 to bridge the developmental gaps. The government passed the A.P. Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the A.P. Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for the establishment of the Veltech University in Chittoor district and Bharatiya Engineering Science and Technology Innovation University at Anantapur and the A.P. Intelligent Global Hub for Digital Pedagogies Bill, 2019. The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill gives effect to the reduction of the additional tax on petrol and diesel from Rs. 4-a-litre to Rs. 2. It entails an estimated revenue loss of Rs. 1,120 crore per annum. Under the A.P. VAT Act, 2005, petrol and diesel are taxed at 31% plus Rs. 4 per litre and 22.50% plus Rs. 4 per litre. This additional tax is being cut to provide relief to consumers.

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