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10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper castes

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The Union Cabinet has approved 10% reservation for economically backward upper castes in jobs and education.

The government is likely to bring a constitutional amendment bill in Parliament. The quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation. The section doesn’t get reservation as of now. Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended for implementation of the decision.

According to a news report, the reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh and have up to five acres of land. The Constitution, which has no mention of economically weaker people, will require an amendment to provide quota for them and at least two-thirds of the members in both the Houses will need to support the bill for it become a law. While the ruling NDA has required numbers in Lok Sabha, it will need support from the opposition benches in Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, introducing a clause for reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and government jobs.

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