Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday, 24 March, passed resolutions urging the Centre to include the Boya/Valmiki communities in the list of the Scheduled Tribes (STs) and provide Scheduled Caste (SC) status to Dalit Christians.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during the discussion on the two resolutions, said the inclusion of the Boya/Valmiki community in the list of the STs would not affect the STs living in the Agency areas in the state.
The chief minister allayed fears that the inclusion of the Boya/Valmiki community people living in the Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur, and Chittoor districts into the ST list would reduce the quota of the STs of the Agency areas in government jobs or educational institutions as a zoning system is in force as per the six-point formula.
‘Might affect Group 1 jobs’
The inclusion might affect only the Group 1 jobs, which are under the non-zoning category; however, it is insignificant as only 386 Group 1 jobs were notified in the past 10 years and the six percent reservation from that amounts to a meager 21 or 22 posts, Jagan said.
The one-man commission — headed by Samuel Anand Kumar — who studied the social and economic conditions of the Boyas in the four districts, and the ST Commission also agreed with this assessment, said the chief minister.
మన రాష్ట్రంలో జోనల్ విధానం అమలులో ఉండడం వల్ల బోయ, వాల్మికి కులాలను ఎస్టీల్లో చేర్చినా ఏజెన్సీల్లో ఉన్న ఎస్టీల ఉద్యోగాలపై, చదువులపై దీని ప్రభావం ఏమాత్రం ఉండదు.
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Government jobs in the zoning system and districts constitute 99 percent of the total jobs and hence, the STs of the agency areas would suffer no loss because of the possible inclusion, he said, asking them not to believe the false propaganda being carried out by a section of the media on this.
The chief minister said the resolution was introduced in the House requesting the Centre to include the Boya/Valmiki community in the list of the Scheduled Tribes as per the promise given to the community during his padayatra.
He also spoke on another resolution that sought approval of the House, to request the Government of India to extend SC status to members of the SC community who converted to Christianity.
The chief minister said that the economic and social status of the people doesn’t change automatically just because they convert to another religion.
Assembly adjourned sine die
Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Women’s Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the Andhra Pradesh Inland Waterways Authority Bill, 2023, and the Andhra Pradesh Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
Later the Assembly was adjourned sine die by Speaker Tammineni Sitaram. The budget session was held for eight days during which 27 bills were passed, two short discussions were held and three resolutions were passed.