The Modi government has decided to give 10% quota in jobs and higher education to economically backward upper castes. However, the government is yet to release an official notice regarding the same.
Some politicians have welcomed the decision. While others have asserted it was just another ‘jumla’ and called it a mere political stunt.
The reservation will be above the existing 50%. The government will amend Articles 15 and 16.They deal with discrimination and equal opportunity of the Constitution to implement it. Religion will not be a bar in this category. Those earning less than Rs 8 lakh per annum and own less than 5 acres of land would be eligible for the proposed quota.
To usher in such a reservation, the government needs to back up its proposed amendment with survey figures. But even if the amendment is made it is challenge-able because it is against the basic structure of the Constitution.