New Delhi, January 7: With just months remaining for the Lok Sabha Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government's cabinet has played its trump card by approving ten percent reservation for economically backward upper caste for all religious communities in jobs and education sector. The reservation will apply to people belonging to a higher caste, but will not be specific to any religion. Narendra Modi Government Approves 10% Reservation For Upper Castes Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
List of People Eligible For This Quota and Other Requisites Needed:
- The candidate belonging to Hindu’s Jat, Gujjar, Jayant, Brahmin, Rajput, Thakur, Bhumihar or Baniya community can avail the benefit.
- Even Christians, Muslims, Jains, and Buddhists are included in this category.
- To avail the benefit, a candidate’s annual income should be below eight (8) lakhs per annum.
- His/her agricultural land should be below five (5) hectares.
- The residential area of the candidate should be below 1,000 square feet.
- The residential plot of the candidate should not exceed 109 yards in the notified municipality.
- Candidate’s residential plot should be below 209 yards in non-notified municipality area.
It is to be noted that under the Supreme Court order, the total reservation can’t exceed 49.5 percent. But with the current move, the reservation cap has further increased by 10 percent, making it 59.5 percent.
As the moves come before elections, the BJP-led government will have to present the amendment in the current Winter Session of the Parliament. If the amendment bill is passed, it would be a huge gain for the BJP, but with the current situation, it looks almost impossible for the amendment to get a green signal in the parliament.