It was a nice gesture on part of the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka to create Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board.
At the same time the Modi government at centre has recognised the plight of poor Brahmins and other unreserved category by considering them for 10 per cent reservation. The 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) was welcomed by all. The government(s) should not be high on promise and short on delivery.
If the quota benefit has to be extended to Brahmins who constitute 3 per cent, the caste and income certificate is absolutely necessary. The Board has rightly requested the government for issuing of caste and income certificates to those whose income does not exceed Rs. 8 lakh per annum. Karnataka government has not yet taken decision about the implementation of the 10 per cent reservation to the EWS.
The dilly-dallying on the part of the Karnataka government regarding the implementation of the 10 per cent reservation for EWS is not understandable. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has admitted that every community has people who are forward and backward. He has also admitted that while Brahmins are seen as forward, there are economically weaker members in this community also.
This is late realisation. Better late than never. Board Chairman HS Sachidananda Murthy said that the Board has planned several welfare measures catering to educational and financial support. It has also been proposed to provide interest-free loan to the economically weaker sections in the community. The very existence of the Board becomes redundant unless the government implements the 10 per cent quota which is applicable in central government jobs and in admissions to central educational institutions. Karnataka government has to take a call at the earliest for implementation of the quota for Brahmins and others who are not included in the previous reservation categories.