Will tour State to hear grievances of backward groups: Hegde

Karnataka State Permanent Backward Classes Commission chairperson says he is yet to get details on caste census report

Newly appointed Karnataka State Permanent Backward Classes Commission chairperson K. Jayaprakash Hegde plans to tour the State to hear grievances of people of deprived classes who are yet to be included in the OBC list.

Mr. Hegde told The Hindu on Tuesday that he has been hearing that many backward communities are still out of the list. “I will go to people to know their status. My appointment is an opportunity to help people in need, those who really deserve reservation,” he said. He also plans to meet his predecessors to know more about the work done by the commission so far. “Their expert views were required for the commission to continue its work for upliftment of backward classes. I will go through reports submitted by the commission,” he said.

On his take on the caste census report, prepared when H. Kantharaj was the chairperson of the commission, Mr. Hegde said he does not have complete details as of now. “I will discuss it with officials of the commission. If the report was submitted to the government, the commission has little say on it now.” Social Welfare Minister B. Sriramulu on September 21 stated that the government had not received the report prepared by the commission in 2015 spending ₹161 crore.

On the issue of people belonging to certain categories in the OBC list demanding their inclusion in other categories where there was less competition for reservation, Mr. Hegde said he will have to examine the issue before recommending anything.

Mr. Hegde also said the commission was not concerned about different corporations being constituted by the government for the development of different castes. “The commission can only study the ground situation and make recommendations to the government on the steps to be taken for the betterment of communities. Finally, everything has to be done through departments concerned,” he added.


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