Government approves 10% reservation for economically weak sections of upper castes

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

The decision, when implemented, will increase reservation quota to 60 per cent from the existing 50 per cent. “A proposal for 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker upper caste was approved by the Union cabinet today,” government sources said.

The castes which would benefit from the decision include Brahmin, Bania, Thakur’s and Kayasthas. After the approval, the government will have to amend the Constitution to implement the decision.

However, certain prerequisites have to be met by a person in order to qualify as a beneficiary for the reservation. To begin with, people with an annual income of below Rs 8 lakh and those with agricultural land below five hectare are eligible for the quota. Those who have a residential property below 1,000 sq ft will also be able to avail the benefits of this quota.

Those with residential plot below 109 yards in a notified municipality or a residential plot below 209 yards in a non-notified municipality area may also benefit from this move.
If the decision is implemented, the reservation for the General caste candidates from economically backward sections will get the benefits of this reservation.

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

A constitution amendment is likely to be presented before the house on Tuesday.

(with ANI inputs)