10% Quota Reservation Bill for General Category Poor PassedThe Rajya Sabha on January 9th, 2019 passed the landmark Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in Jobs and Education, including IIMs, IITs, NITs and Central Universities, to economically backward sections in the General Category. The Bill amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. It adds clause (6) in Article 15 to enable the state to provide reservations for economically weaker sections other than SCs, STs and OBCs. The Lok Sabha had earlier passed the Bill a day before. It became a law after President Ram Nath Kovind also signed it.
Who will benefit from the 10% quota Bill?The 10% Quota Bill is applicable to the economically backward amongst all religion: Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Among the major Hindu castes to benefit are Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, Vaishyas (trading castes) along with other castes that are classified as upper caste in a state.
What are the criteria for the 10% quota Bill?This is an important thing to remember. A person has to meet following criteria:
- Earning below Rs 8 lakh per annum
- Possessing agricultural land below five acres and residential houses below 1,000 square feet.
- should not possess a flat of 1,000 square feet or more or land of 100 sq yards in notified municipality areas and 200 yards in non-notified areas