The State government on Saturday issued a Government Order (GO) for the implementation of 10 per cent reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among forwarding castes. This was issued as per the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019 brought in by the Centre for admission into educational institutions for the academic year 2019-20.

The GO MS No 60 will override the previous TDP government issued GO which divided the 10 per cent reservation for EWS where it provided five per cent quota to Kapus and five per cent to others.

During the ongoing budget session of the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy found fault with TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu for providing five per cent reservation to Kapus out of the total 10 per cent for EWS, which he said has stalled admissions in educational institutions with people approaching the court on the issue.

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court and the AP High Court challenging the TDP's GO which bifurcated 10 per cent reservation for EWS between Kapus and others.

All castes that are not covered under any reservation category (SC/ST/BC) are entitled to avail the reservation facility under the EWS category. Whereas, one-third of the seats enhanced for the purpose of accommodating the EWS category students will be given to women.