In a major political development in the state of Andhra Pradesh on Friday, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has fulfilled his poll promise of providing reservation of 50% quota for women, backward classes, scheduled castes, and scheduled tribes in temple boards. He has also made it mandatory that 50% of all the posts will be allotted to women, including general and reserved categories.
The 25-member trust board of the country's premier Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) will now have close to 13 women, including those from general category, backward class, and SC/ ST categories. Out of the 25 members, 13 would be from backward class and SC/ ST communities. This development has come days after the Andhra cabinet decided to increase the TTD board's members, including the chairman, from 19 to 25.
The amendment of the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institution and Endowment Act of 1987 was bassed by the Endowments department special chief Dr. Manmohan Singh. The newly added clause in the Act says, "In every Board of Trustees, there shall be 50% reservation out of the total number of nominated members (after excluding the ex-officio members) to the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Class communities. Further, 50% of total nominated members shall be women, including the women members nominated under 50% quota from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Classes."
The Andhra Pradesh assembly on July 22, had passed a bill which reserves 75 % jobs for Andhra domiciles in all private industrial units and factories, irrespective of whether these companies receive aid from the government. The Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/ Factories Bill which is now The Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/ Factories Act 2019 was approved by the assembly which reserves 75 per cent jobs for state's youths. The bill stated that if an industrial unit fails to find enough skilled local workers then the kit will train them in association with the state government. The company is also required to act in accordance with the new law and submit a report. During the poll campaign, Jagan had promised reservation for people of Andhra Pradesh in private jobs.