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Modi Govt Approves 10% Reservation For Economically Weaker Upper Castes, Twitterati Applaud The Move

Updated on 26 February, 2019 at 6:09 pm By

In April-May, an estimated 90 crore Indians will exercise their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Will Narendra Modi return to power? Will Rahul Gandhi beat expectations and win? Will a Third Front government emerge? All these crucial questions will be answered in the first half of 2019. After sweeping the Uttar Pradesh state election in 2017, Modi was seen as an invincible leader whose popularity seem to lie in a clean and credible image. However, in the later half of 2018, the party suffered a setback as it lost three of Hindi heartland states to Congress.


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Clearly, to win a second term in office, the party has a big task in hand. The BJP stormed to power with an electoral promise of Acche Din, a robust economy, a corruption free governance and a promise of creating crore of jobs. And after four years at the national level, the party will be again trying to inject the government into everything.

 

Despite the fact that Congress may have added a few percentage points to its credit, the overwhelming odds are still with Modi. This decision of PM Modi proves just this.

Months before the elections, the BJP has approved a 10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper castes in government jobs and education. The proposal would be under general category, and for this 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 castes that fall under the general category.

 

 

Here is the reservation criterion for a person to be qualified as economically weaker. This qualification will be based on the value of assets held by a person and/or their annual income.

  • Their annual income is below Rs 8 lakh,
  • They own agricultural land of less than five hectres
  • They own homes smaller than 1,000 sq. ft.
  • They own residential plots below 109 yards in notified municipality
  • They own residential plot below 209 yards in non notified municipality area

However, for this the government needs to pass bills in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.


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As expected, as soon as the decision was out, various political leaders and public in general came out with their reactions.

 

 

Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi, called it a “joke” and accused the Modi government of trying to “fool the people”. However, Union minister and BJP ally Ramdas Athawale called it a very good decision, which would help large section of society. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged it as an election gimmick, while union minister, Shiv Pratap Shukla, said the party had got considerable votes from the upper castes in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Here is the reaction on Twitter:



 

However, there were also some who said the decision is just a ‘joomla.’

 


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