Govt approves 10% quota for ‘economically weaker’ upper castes

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The Union Cabinet on Monday approved 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker among the upper castes in government jobs and education.

The decision, when implemented, will increase reservation quota to 60 per cent from the existing 50 per cent.

“A proposal for 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker upper caste was approved by the Union cabinet today,” government sources said.

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The castes which would benefit from the decision include Brahmins, Thakurs and Kayasthas.

The government will have to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to implement the decision.

If the decision is implemented, the economically backward sections of the ‘General’ category will get the benefits of this reservation.

The reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those who earn less than Rs 8 lakh per annum and own less than five acres of land, according to reports.

(With ANI inputs)

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