NEW DELHI: The government today announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category and said it would move a constitutional amendment bill to bring it into effect.
The mega move, just months before the national election, was approved in a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The constitutional amendment bill is likely to be moved tomorrow.
However congress journalists and agents seemed very unhappy and upset about it. Congress sympathizer Poonawalla called this move unconstitutional.
If the unconstitutional move to grant #Reservation to the upper caste is somehow passed (it won't be passed ) but if it is….Everyone must move the Constitutional Court . Unbelievable
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) January 7, 2019
Another congress journalist vehemently opposed the move to provide any support to poor from the general category.
Sir reservations exist for SC/ST because of the social injustices those communities have labourered under for centuries. For poverty alleviation, we elect govts to undertake that forgotten word vikaas. Quotas were provided for justice, they’re not for development https://t.co/9JofT18902
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 7, 2019
However some congress journalists tried to give it a political color
Bogus proposal from govt desperate to be seen as doing something for millions of youth looking for work. First, there are no jobs. Second, Modi would rather the unemployed fight among themselves for crumbs rather than target him for failing to deliver. https://t.co/usMAKUe5DE
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) January 7, 2019
10 % reservation quota for upper caste announced by govt is aimed at consolidating upper caste in UP and Bihar in Lok sabha polls. But people by now realize issue is too complicated with 50% ceiling on quota as per past SC directive.
— M K Venu (@mkvenu1) January 7, 2019