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Govt committed to constitutional classification of SC reservation: Siddaramaiah

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Bengaluru: In a ‘significant’ move ahead of Lok Sabha election, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said his government is committed to a scientific and constitutional classification of reservation for scheduled castes.

A recommendation to this effect has been made to the NDA government to insert clause (3) under Article 341, he said.

“Our Government is committed to a scientific and constitutional classification of reservation for scheduled castes. In this respect, a recommendation has been made to the Central Government to insert clause (3) under Article 341,” he said while presenting the state budget in the Assembly here.

The cabinet had last month decided to recommend to the Centre to insert Article 341 (3) to the Constitution, which will enable states to provide internal reservation among Scheduled Castes.

Financial help for building houses will be disbursed through the Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation, and a detailed survey on their socio-economic status will be held to design appropriate welfare interventions.

A corpus fund of Rs 35 crore will be created to give financial help to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes patients, suffering from rare diseases and in need of expensive medical treatment.

The interest accrued under this fund will be provided to patients as per treatment requirements, he said.

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