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Govt directs educational institutes to implement 10% quota for EWS

PUNE, JAN 20 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/20/2019 12:02:24 PM IST

BJP-led NDA government has directed all educational institutes and universities to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weak section (EWS) in general category in the upcoming educational year. 

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement while addressing a press conference today and said an official memorandum has been issued to implement the set quota.

“Government has issued an office memorandum to implement 10 per cent reservation. We have issued orders yesterday to all institutes and universities to implement it in the upcoming educational year. We have also asked states to implement it,” ANI quoted Javadekar as saying.

The Parliament had recently passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Parliament which grants 10 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to economically weaker individuals from the general category, across religions. The reservation is applicable to individuals who earn below Rs. 8 lakh per annum and possess less than 5 acres of agriculture land.

On Saturday, Himachal Pradesh government became the fourth state to implement the 10 per cent quota for the EWS category. In a cabinet meeting chaired by Jai Ram Thakur, the government decided to implement reservation for Class 1, II, III and IV posts.

While the BJP called 10 per cent quota a masterstroke few parties termed it a “pre-election gimmick”.


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