BANGALORE, March 2, 2014
Updated: March 3, 2014 14:58 IST
Karnataka govt. to remove income ceiling for Yadava children to get quota
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah holding aloft a Krishna idol presented to him at a convention in Bangalore on Sunday.
An ordinance will be issued soon, says Siddaramaiah
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the government would remove the income ceiling for Yadava community children to get reservation in education.
Addressing a State-level convention organised by the Karnataka State Yadava Sangha here, the Chief Minister said a notification would be issued soon.
The Chief Minister said the intention was to provide more opportunities to children to get education. Yadava children are not getting reservation in education if they fall under the creamy layer category.
Mr. Siddaramaiah agreed to the community’s demand for converting lands on which traditional Yadava residential areas were located in villages as revenue lands.
He also accepted the demand that Sri Krishna Jayanti be an official festival of the State government.
But he made it clear that there was no question of declaring a holiday on that day as the government was against increasing the number of holidays.
‘Include Yadavas in ST’
Earlier, writer Banjagere Jayaprakash urged the government to include Yadavas in the list of Scheduled Tribes.
Recalling the history of Yadavas, he said this community had a strong presence right from 5th BC. They even had links with foreign traders then, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Social Welfare Minister H. Anjaneya said that though the Yadavas had a sizeable population in the State, they were not represented in the Legislative Assembly.
He blamed it on lack of unity in the community.
Ministers K.J. George, T. B. Jayachandra and Krishna Byre Gowda; legislators M. Krishnappa and M.R. Seetharam; Yadava Maha Samsthana seer Krishna Yadavananda, and the former Vice-Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore R. Dwarakinath were present.