10% quota for ‘Economically Weak’ in ‘General Category’ cleared

The government today announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category and said it would move a constitutional amendment bill to bring it into effect.

The mega move, just months before the national election, was approved in a cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi on Monday. The constitutional amendment bill is likely to be moved on Tuesday and the government has decided to extend the Rajya Sabha session by one day.

Economical weak criteria is who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year, have less than five acre land qualify for the quota, said Union Minister Vijay Sampla. Jobs are already reserved for impoverished and disadvantaged lower castes. The criteria for economic quota will be the same as that for Other Backward Castes or OBCs.

“This was a long-standing demand but only the Modi government had the courage to do it. Brahmins, baniyas, Christians, Muslims, all will benefit from this,” Vijay Sampla said.

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