Cabinet approves 10% quota for upper castes

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New Delhi: In a major decision the Union Cabinet approved a 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections of society. This quota would be applicable for jobs and for those who belong to the weaker section among the upper caste. It would also be applicable for admissions in higher educational institutions. Though similar suggestions have been made by political leaders like Mayawati and Ramdas Athavale in the past, this is the first substantial move to take legislative route to provide for this change.

An attempt to provide for 10 per cent reservation to poor or economically backward among other sections during the Narasimha Rao government’s tenure to offset political backlash against the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations was nullified by the Supreme Court in the early 90s.The government now needs to bring a constitutional amendment bill in the Parliament to enforce the decision. The bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament on Tuesday. Reacting on the development, Congress MP and National Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the timing of the decision.

“See last two tweets re reservation 4forwards? Qs—did u nt think of this for 4 yrs 8 mths? so obviously thought of as election gimmick 3mths b4 model code! (3) u know u cannot exceed 50% maxima so it is done only to posture tht u tried unctal thing (4) do u hv majority 4ctal am? (sic)” Singhvi said.

Are you eligible: For those who earn less than Rs 8 lakh annually For those who have agriculture land below five acres For those who avail the quota, a residential house should be below 1,000 square feet The residential plot should be below 100 yards in a notified municipality.

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