- Modi Cabinet approves 10 per cent reservation for economically backward among general categories.
- Govt may bring a Constitutional amendment to introduce the change.
- The move is being seen as a step to consolidate the upper castes.
In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ha s decided to give ten per cent reservation in jobs and higher education for economically backward persons in the general category.
This was approved by the Union Cabinet today . The reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation and the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 - which are on discrimination and equal opportunity - of the Constitution to implement it, reports said. The move assumes political significance as it signals to the ruling party’s upper caste base that it has their interests in mind, without diluting the existing quotas for Dalits, tribal communities and OBCs.