Elections 2018-19

Polls in view, Cabinet approves 10% job quota for ‘economically weaker’ upper castes

The move is being seen as a step to consolidate the upper caste votes before the country goes for Lok Sabha polls in a few months from now

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Monday 07 January 2019
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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Monday decided to amend the Constitution and give 10 per cent reservation to the ‘economically backward’ upper castes in direct recruitment in government services and admission to higher educational institutions. 

The government is aiming to introduce the legislation tomorrow (January 8, 2019), the last day of the current leg of the winter session of Parliament. The move is being seen as a step to consolidate the upper caste votes before the country goes for Lok Sabha polls in a few months from now. 

As per reports, the Union Cabinet approved the plan today and this reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent.

“The reservation will be given to those economically backward poor people who are not availing the benefit of reservation as of now,” news agency PTI quoted its sources as saying. Various media reports claimed that those whose family income is below Rs 8 lakh per annum and belong to the upper castes will be eligible for the reservation. 

In its first reaction to the quota move, the Congress dubbed it a “poll gimmick” and questioned how the government was planning to juggle the numbers for the same since the Supreme Court had placed a 50 per cent limit on quotas. In a tweet, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned why the government waited four years and eight months to announce the move.

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also tweeted on the decision: 

Down To Earth has reported on the issue of reservations earlier as well. Read reports here and here.

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