The Narendra Modi led BJP government approved a 10% reservation for economically backward upper castes in government jobs and education.
The reservation is for those people who fall under the general category, are economically weaker was approved by the Union cabinet today.
Upon the cabinet approval the Narendra Modi government will now look to amend the Constitution in order to implement the said reservation.
To do this, the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. These two amendments will provide reservation of not more than 10 % to the economically weaker sections among castes that fall under the general category.
This move is will help the and benefit the upper castes across the country.
The 10 % reservation will be available to those who meet a certain standard qualifying them as economically backward. This qualification is based on the value of assets held by a person and/or their annual income.
When a person is qualified as economically weaker –
- If their income is below INR₹ 8 lakh per annum.
- If they own agricultural lands less than five hectares , or If they own homes smaller than 1,000 sq. ft.
- If they own residential plots below 109 yards in notified municipality or below 209 yards in non notified municipality area.
The bill needs to be passed by both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of the Parliament.
The Modi cabinet’s decision comes months ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha election where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seeking a second term in office.