The Jharkhand Assembly today held its One- day special session during which the ruling coalition government led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren approved a Bill raising reservation offered to different categories in the state to 77 per cent.

Whether the Bill will get a nod by the judiciary is not known,Soren-led government’s move comes at a time when the ED had sent him summon for the second time in money laundering case associated with his colleagues,asking him to appear before it on November 17 and the Election Commission had sent its opinion to Governor Ramesh Bais on the Soren’s possible disqualification over his alleged involvement in an illegal mining case.

In a special session on Friday, the Assembly passed an amendment to the Jharkhand Reservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services Act, 2001, raising the reservations for STs, SCs, EBCs, OBCs and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in government jobs from the present 60 per cent.

The bill proposes that the state will urge the Centre for changes in the Ninth Schedule of Constitution.Whether the Centre will honour the Soren government’s ‘urge’ can be any body’s guess.

However,in the proposed reservation, local people of the SC community will get a quota of 12 per cent, STs will get 28 per cent, Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) 15 per cent, OBCs 12 per cent, and EWS barring those from the other reserved categories 10 per cent.

At present, the STs get a 26 per cent reservation in Jharkhand, while SCs get 10 per cent quota.

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