The BJP government in Gujarat has decided to keep the upper cap of Rs 8 lakh annual family income as the sole criterion to avail the 10 per cent reservation in higher education and government jobs for the economically weaker sections (EWS) among the general category. The government had earlier announced to implement the quota from January 14.
At a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar on Wednesday, the government finalised the modalities for implementation of the 10 percent EWS reservation in the state.
Notably, the Centre’s law on the 10 per cent EWS quota has made others ceiling provisions for availing quota benefits besides Rs 8 lakh annual family income. As per the Centre’s notification, families owning agricultural land above 5 acres, a house above 1,000 square feet, or 100 yard plot or above in a notified municipal area or a plot of 200 yards or above in a non-notified municipal area, cannot avail benefit of the EWS reservation.
“We have decided only one criteria for the candidates, who are not getting any other reservation, to avail the 10 per cent EWS reservation — Rs 8 lakh annual family income. The rest criteria like ownership of land plot among others that have been kept by the central government will not be applicable to Gujarat. The Central law has given the states the liberty to decide the criteria to implement the 10 per cent reservation in their respective regions,” Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said after the Cabinet meeting.
The income certificate to avail the reservation will be provided by government officers not below the rank of mamlatdar, Patel said, adding that a notification in this regard will be issued soon. Moreover, the EWS reservation will be available to any candidate who is otherwise not getting any reservation and staying in Gujarat since 1978.
With 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs already being implemented in Gujarat since 2014, the state government said that the women quota will also be applicable to the EWS reservation of the general category. In other words, within the 10 per cent EWS quota, 33 per cent seats will be reserved for women.
With the Centre deciding to increase 10 per cent seats in its educational institutions to accommodate the additional reservation, the Deputy CM said, “All educational institutions recognised by the Gujarat government will implement the EWS reservation, and have to compulsorily increase the number of their seats by 10 per cent. The state government will give them financial assistance to increase the number of seats.”