The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation has taken up a survey of Backward Classes voters in the city. This is in line with the State government's directive to complete the survey in 45 days beginning Monday.

The VMC officials, as per GO 169 dated May 12, will identify BC voters based on the Multi Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) and mark it on Assembly electoral rolls. The VMC officials are planning to take up door-to-door survey, as the government has suggested taking it up if the MPHS data is not feasible.

The draft publication of electoral rolls of BC voters is scheduled to be completed by June 10. The draft publication will be displayed at the Commissioner office, RDO office, and MRO office. A copy of the draft rolls will be given to all political parties registered with the State Election Commission. The claims and objections can be filed from June 11 to 14.

Thereafter, 11 days have been earmarked for enquiry, finalisation of objections, field verification of claims, and objections. Marking of the BC voters in the electoral rolls after verification will be taken up for three days from June 22. The final draft roll of BC voters, ward-wise, will be published on June 26.

The BC quota, however, is yet to be announced. As there is a cap of 50 per cent on total reservations, the BC quota has to be fixed following the upper limit.

Quota

At present, the government is implementing 33 per cent reservation for women in ULBs apart from reservations to SCs and STs. In the last general body, there were eight SC corporators and one from the ST.

The corporation officials are on their toes following timeline issued by the State government. The officials feel that 45 days timeline may not be sufficient to conduct the survey in view of shortage of staff. The survey of BC voters is a prelude to conducting elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State.

The political parties have been demanding implementation of reservation to the BCs in the local bodies. The government has been putting off the election to the civic bodies on the pretext of taking up of BC survey.