Cabinet Approves 10% Job Quota For Economically Weaker Upper Castes

New Delhi: With the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls months away, the Union Government approved for 10 percent reservation in jobs for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year.

The 10 per cent reservation is for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs. According to a report by PTI, Cabinet nod also included 10 percent reservation in educational institutions for the section, besides government jobs.

Notably, the Supreme Court has capped the quota for caste-based reservation for government jobs at 50%. A bill to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution will be moved in the Parliament to this effect.

Meanwhile, political observers and opposition parties have claimed that the move is a step to consolidate upper caste votes ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in April-May this year.

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