The administration is set to increase the reservation available to Scheduled Castes (SCs) in the city's educational institutes from 14% to 19%. The change is being made 20 years, after the last ceiling was set on May 7, 1993, based on the Census-1981. As per norms, the percentage of reservation is determined on the basis of proportion of SCs in the state/UT concerned to that of the total population.
The new quota is based on Census-2011 figures, according to which the total population of the city is 10.55 lakh, of which around 1.90 lakh belong to the SC category.
There are a total of 106 government schools, five government colleges, one medical college and one dental institute in the city.
Data show that the literacy rate of the SCs has increased from 55.4 % to 67.7%.
In past, the administration had failed to enhance the reservation from 14% to 18% in 2001 after Census data was released, thus depriving SC students of the benefit of reservation. Over the years, the department of social welfare has been pressing for the enhancement of the reservation in education institutes.
Sources said that the administration does not require approval from the Government of India for increasing the reservation. The decision to increase reservation in 1993 was taken at the level of the UT adviser as there are no specific guidelines from the Government of India regarding giving reservation in admission on the basis of local population of SC. Sources said that a decision to increase the quota had been taken last year.
When contacted, UT social welfare secretary Anil Kumar said the decision will be notified after the lifting of the election model code of conduct.
Following direction from the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the administration has already increased the reservation percentage for SCs in recruitment and promotion in the UT.