The Narendra Modi government today approved a 10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper castes in government jobs. A proposal for 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker upper castes was approved by the Union cabinet today.
Following the cabinet approval, the Narendra Modi government will now move to amend the Constitution in order to grant this 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker upper castes.
In order to do so, the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. These two amendments will provide reservation of not more than 10 per cent to the economically weaker sections among the upper caste or those who fall under the general category.
What the decision effectively means that those who are economically backwards and fall under the general category will now be able to enjoy benefits of reservation in government jobs, an advantage that wasn’t available to them previously.
#Reservation for economically weaker section is so much better than having a caste based reservation. Appreciate the move by Hon PM Shri @narendramodi ji Govt.
Can we get altogether get rid of the caste based reservation? #NewIndia#Modi4UpperCastes#Reservation
— Neel Shah #BJP (@neelshah31790) January 7, 2019
First-ever reservation for upper-caste? Cabinet approves 10% quota for economically backward class in upper caste; to move constitutional amendments tomorrow. @SupriyaShrinate explains.#ReservationPolitics #Parliament @BJP4India @INCIndia pic.twitter.com/VNK64JmDIE
— ET NOW (@ETNOWlive) January 7, 2019
Newsreports: Cabinet Approves 10% Reservation Quota For Economically Backward Upper Caste
10% Reservation Over And Above 50% Reservation Limit
— BTVI Live (@BTVI) January 7, 2019
10% reservation for economically weak sections in General cast by central govt! This is over and above 50% reservations. Tomorrow will be constitutional amendment!
— Vikas Pandey (@MODIfiedVikas) January 7, 2019
Unprecedented change in the reservation policy by PM @narendramodi. In a major boost to the poor, rising above divisive caste based politics, a 10% quota has been approved for the economically backward. Big win for the nation!! Sab ka saath, sab ka Vikas!!
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) January 7, 2019
The Modi cabinet’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation to those who are economically backwards comes months ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha election where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seeking a second term in office.
Recent wins by the primary opposition party, the Congress, in three Hindi heartland states have raised questions over whether the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will truly be invincible in the upcoming general elections.