On the occasion of Independence day, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced increase in the reservation quota for the Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes in government jobs and education. While the quota for the Scheduled Castes will increase by one percent, the OBC reservations will see a near doubling from 14 per cent to 27 per cent.
Addressing the gathering after hoisting the national flag at Police Parade Ground in Raipur, CM Baghel said, ““Now, a 27% reservation will be provided to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 13% to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 32% to the Scheduled Tribes (STs).”
OBCs were getting 14% and SCs were provided 12% reservation while Scheduled Tribes had 32% quota in educational institutions and government jobs till now.
Baghel also announced creation of a new district, Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, taking the number of districts in the state to 28.
He further announced that an elephant reserve would be set in the state. “The elephant reserve will be the first of its kind in the world and provide a permanent habitat to the pachyderms,” Baghel said
The CM also said assistance of Rs 10,000 per month will be provided to ‘gowthan’ (cow shelter) committees to provide an honorarium to herdsman and other facilities at the cow shelters.