Reservation for upper caste


The union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 10% reservation for economically poor upper caste. This decision will provide admissions in educational institutions and jobs in government institutes for the upper caste people with low income who have been expressing pain that despite merit they are unable to achieve these because of caste based reservation system.
The government will introduce a constitutional amendment bill in parliament for this reservation to be put into effect. The reservation is above the existing 50% reservation. Economically backward upper caste people with less than lac income per annum, or less than 5 acres land, residential flat below 1000 sqft, plot below 100 yards in notified municipality and less than 209 yards in non notified municipality.
With the elections just few months away this move by Modi government will definitely raise debate. According to the experts for a bill to be implemented at least three months time period is required, so even if the bill is introduced in the parliament tomorrow it could be difficult to be implemented during the tenure of the present government. Nationalist congress party(NCP) has offered conditional support to the bill while Siva sena has extended its full support in favour of the bill.
The quota will be given irrespective of religion and the SC/ST quota will remain as it is. But the thing to be noted is that Supreme Court had capped the caste based reservation to a maximum of 50%. The NDA move to pool in upper caste poor voters is going to bring in turbulence in the parliament as well in the country since many questions are unanswered.

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