Sub panel to look into Kapu quota

Committed to including community in BC list, says Naidu.

Vijayawada: Reiterating that his party and government were committed to include the Kapu community in the BC category, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday appointed a six-member Cabinet Sub-Committee to solve problems surrounding the issue and speed up the process.

He also announced that a fund of '1,000 crore would be allotted for the Kapu Corporation in the next Budget. After a day-long Cabinet meeting with all ministers present, Mr Naidu announced the decisions they had taken.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the Sub-Committee, comprising ministers Y. Ramakrishnudu, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, K.E. Krishna Murthy, K. Ravindra and N. China Rajappa, would coordinate with the Justice Manjunatha Commission which is already working on the legal possibilities of the inclusion.

Mr Naidu said that the Kapus’ inclusion would affect the existing BCs. He condemned the holding of a meeting by BCs in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

He said that it was necessary for all BCs to understand the situation and realize that the government had already released '6,600 crore under the BC Sub-Plan.

Mr Naidu, who pointed out that the GO issued by the Congress government had been an intention only, clarified, “Without the commission’s report, the Kapus' inclusion in the BC category is not possible. Even if it were done the courts would cancel it. If the percentage crosses 50, the decision needs the consent of the President of India. All procedures will be followed to ensure that their demand is met,” Mr Naidu said.

He appealed to the people of AP not to fall prey to criminals in the guise of politicians who were trying to spoil the state's image.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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