Months before the general elections, the NDA government at the Centre Monday approved a 10 per cent reservation for the ‘economically backward’ among the general category in government jobs and admission to higher educational institutions. A bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution will be moved in the Parliament Tuesday.
Sources revealed that the EWS category will be defined as families with income (includes agricultural income as well as from profession) below Rs 8 lakh per annum, possessing agricultural land below five acre and residential house below 1,000 square feet. As for urban areas, those with residential plot below 100 yards in notified municipality or residential plot below 200 yards in the non-notified municipal area.
Reacting to the news, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “We will continue to support every such step which provides opportunities as also employment to the economically weaker sections of society. The truth, however, is that after 4 years and 8 months, Modi govt has suddenly woken up to the woes of the economically poor, facing imminent defeat in the 2019 elections with only 100 days to go for polls. That itself raises questions over the intent and the bonafide of the Modi govt altogether.”
On Monday, the government announced a 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker among upper castes. Follow LIVE updates here.
Can a govt cheat people in the name of elections: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on 10% reservation approved by Cabinet for economically poor sections among general category: "My question is, in the name of elections can a govt cheat people or ditch unemployed youth? They've to clarify whether it will be implemented or not, and if it is constitutionally and legally valid or not." (ANI)
LJP hails general category reservation bill
BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party Monday hailed as "historic" the government's decision to give 10 per cent quota to the economically weaker sections in the general category, saying the poor from all castes and religions deserve support.
LJP leader Chirag Paswan said in a statement that the poor are a group in themselves and should never be discriminated on the ground of castes as he welcomed the decision.
Congress has issued a whip to party MPs to be present in Lok Sabha tomorrow
Congress has issued a whip to party MPs to be present in Lok Sabha tomorrow. The Centre is set to introduce a bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution in the Parliament Tuesday.
P Vijayan welcomes 10% quota for economically poor among general category
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday welcomed the Union cabinet decision on 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward sections in the general category.
"The central government has taken the decision keeping in mind the Lok Sabha elections", he told PTI. "The CPI(M) has earlier itself wanted reservation for the economically weaker people among higher castes," he added.
One may run schemes to curb poverty but reservations are meant for justice: Owaisi
Taking to Twitter, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said: "Reservations are meant to correct historical injustice to Dalits. For poverty alleviation, one may run various schemes but reservations are meant for justice."
Reservations are meant to correct historical injustice to Dalits. For poverty alleviation, one may run various schemes but reservations are meant for justice.— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) January 7, 2019
Constitution doesn’t permit reservations on economic groundshttps://t.co/KrHNruMXse
Congress on general category reservation: Modi govt has suddenly woken up to woes of poor
Speaking to the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "Congress has always supported every step to reservation and extending support to the economically poor sections of the society bereft of caste, community or creed. Without interfering with the mandate of the Supreme Court to Dalits, to Adivasis and backward classes in any manner, we have always supported that those, who are poor but not included in these categories, should be given the benefit of opportunities and reservation both in education and employment."
"We will continue to support every such step which provides opportunities as also employment to the economically weaker sections of society. The truth, however, is that after 4 years and 8 months, Modi govt has suddenly woken up to the woes of the economically poor, facing imminent defeat in the 2019 elections with only 100 days to go for polls. That itself raises questions over the intent and the bonafide of the Modi govt altogether."
Mahesh Sharma welcomes the move
Union Minister of State Dr Mahesh Sharma welcomed the government's decision to give 10% reservation to the economically poor upper castes.
आर्थिक रूप से कमजोर सवर्ण परिवारों को सरकारी नौकरियों में 10% आरक्षण देने के ऐतिहासिक फैसले के लिए मा. प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी एवं पूरी कैबिनेट को बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद एवं अभिनन्दन| यह फैसला देश में सामाजिक,आर्थिक न्याय की दिशा में एक मील का पत्थर साबित होगा| #Reservation— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) January 7, 2019
Abhishek Manu Singhvi on general category reservation
See last two tweets re reservation 4forwards? Qs—did u nt think of this for 4 yrs 8 mths? so obviously thought of as election gimmick 3mths b4 model code! (3) u know u cannot exceed 50% maxima so it is done only to posture tht u tried unctal thing (4) do u hv majority 4ctal am?— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) January 7, 2019
#Forwardreservation a gimmick 2fool ppl-c last tweet. #Balaji 50% maxima continues 2b law. #TN exception an aberration—challenge pending in sc. #modi never did 4five years+hs no majority 4ctal am. Only misleading nation. AP &Raj exceeding 50% 4jats &Muslims also struck down.— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) January 7, 2019
#Balaji put fundamental rule of equality limiting exception to50%. reiterated in #Indirasahwney. recent #Nagaraj reveiew nt changed this basic principle. #Modi #BJP clearly thinks Indian public eats grass. Crass politicisation. Proof positive of fear &certainty losing 2019.— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) January 7, 2019
Quota for all those not included in 50% reservation cap
Quota for all those not included in the current 50% reservation cap.
Govt sources: The 10 % reservation is for all those communities/classes that do not come under 50 % quota. It will be for all communities -for the economically backwards among Hindus,Muslims Christians etc.This wont affect the reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs. @IndianExpress— Liz Mathew (@MathewLiz) January 7, 2019
Proposal for economically weak upper class reservation a good start: Ramdas Athawale
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said the issue of reservation has caused a lot of conflict between Dalits and Savarnas and the current proposal by the government to introduce10% quota for economically weak upper castes is a good start.
Minister of State Ramdas Athawale: "The issue of reservation caused a lot of conflict between Dalits & Savarnas. My demand has always been for 25% reservation for the upper caste poor; 10% is a good start" @IndianExpress— Shalini Nair (@ShaliniNair13) January 7, 2019
Proposal to give reservation to Upper class is nothing more than a 'jumla': Yashwant Sinha
Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha said that the proposal to give 10% reservation to economically weaker upper castes is nothing more than a jumla of the present government. he also said that the proposal is bristling with legal complications and there is no time for getting it passed through both the Houses of Parliament.
The proposal to give 10% reservation to economically weaker upper castes is nothing more than a jumla. It is bristling with legal complications and there is no time for getting it passed thru both Houses of Parliament. Govt stands completely exposed.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) January 7, 2019
Caste not to be a criterion for provisions under upper class quota
Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision. In fact, sources revealed that the government’s move plan to delineate the economically weaker section (EWS) for avoiding confusion.
Congress leader Harish Rawat: 'Jumlas' will not save this government
Reacting to the Cabinet's approval of 10% reservation in government jobs for economically weaker upper castes, Congress leader Harish Rawat told ANI, "Bohot der kar di meherbaan aate aate', that also when elections are around the corner. No matter what they do, what 'jumlas' they give, nothing is going to save this Govt."