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Union Cabinet Approves 10% Quota For Economically Weaker Upper Castes

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| January 7 , 2019 , 15:00 IST

Ahead of 2019 elections, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved 10% reservation in Government jobs for economically backward upper castes.

This is a masterstroke by the Modi government to solidify its position among several upper caste communities ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls and is seen as a game changer.

Following the Union Cabinet's approval, the Narendra Modi government will now move the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Tuesday for the reservation and is likely to extend the Winter Session for the same by two days.

The decision effectively means that those who are economically backwards and fall under the general category will now be able to enjoy the benefits of reservation in government jobs, an advantage that wasn't available to them previously.

As per media reports, those earning less than Rs 8 lakh per annum would be eligible for the proposed quota.

Several NDA allies, including Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and RPI led by Ramdas Athawale, had in past demanded reservation for the economically backward upper caste members in government jobs.