Karnataka Assembly passed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Amendment) Bill 2022 which facilitates the reservation of 33% of seats in the BBMP for OBCs.
Story so far: The new Bill passed by the Assembly is intended to facilitate reservation of 33% of seats in the BBMP for OBCs without exceeding the outer limit of 50% total reservation prescribed by the Supreme Court. The state government clarified that Sections 7 and 8 of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, 2020 need to be amended so as to limit reserved seats to the SCs, STs, OBCs and women in the BBMP below the 50% limit.
- The percentage of SC/ST quota has been reduced from 18% on the basis of the population of the communities in the city.
- This is due to the increase in OBC quota from 27 to 33%.
Instruction of the SC: The Supreme Court has mandated that all reservations for SCs, STs, OBCs and women should be below the 50% cap. In order to follow this, the Karnataka Assembly has passed the amendment bill in the legislature while also ensuring more representation for OBCs.