Narendra Modi Government Approves 10% Reservation For Upper Castes Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019
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New Delhi, January 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government's cabinet on Monday approved ten percent reservation quota for economically backward upper caste for all religious communities in jobs and education sector. The reservation will apply to the people whose annual income is less upto Rs 8 lakhs per annum.

According to the initial information, the decision was taken in the Union Cabinet Meeting, which was called at around 1 PM in the national capital. The reservation will be applicable over the current set limit of 50 percent by the Supreme Court. With the reservation, the limit has increased to 60 percent. The reservation will be applicable for Brahmins, Rajputs and other economically backward upper caste people across all religions.  Rahul Gandhi Takes Swipe at Narendra Modi Over Financial Crisis in HAL; Says 'PM Ignored Nation's Interest For Benefiting His Friend'.

The 10 percent reservation for the economically backward upper caste is seen as a move to woo the upper caste voters in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, just months away. Since the move overseeds the apex court order, there is a high possibility that the Union government would present an amendment in the current Winter Session of the Parliament.

Since the matter relates to the reservation, leading to effect in Lok Sabha elections, it would be interesting to see how opposition reacts to it.

Criteria for getting benefitted by 10% reservation under the economically backward section for all religions:

  1. Annual income should be below eight (8) lakhs per annum.
  2. Agricultural land should be below five (5) hectares.
  3. The residential area should be below 1,000 square feet.
  4. The residential plot should be below 109 yards in the notified municipality.
  5. The residential plot should be below 209 yards in non notified municipality area.