Union cabinet approves 10 per cent quota for economically weaker upper castes

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NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet on Monday approved 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker upper castes in government jobs and education.


“A proposal for 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker upper caste was approved by the union cabinet today”, the government sources said.

The criteria for deciding on economically weaker sections would be based on the size of land holding and income of families.

“The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the decision for people belonging to "unreserved categories", including Christians and Muslims, in jobs and education with an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and landholding ceiling of about five acres”, the sources added.

When the decision implemented, it will increase reservation quota to 60 per cent from the existing 50 per cent.

The castes which would benefit from the decision include Brahmin, Bhaiyya, Thakur’s and Kayasthas.

A Constitution amendment bill for the purpose is likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

After the approval, the government will have to amend the Constitution to implement the decision.

If the decision is implemented, the reservation for the general caste candidates from economically backward sections will get the benefits of this reservation.

 

with inputs from ANI

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