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07 Jan 2019

Modi government's 'reservation for economically-weaker sections' move draws brickbats

Modi government approves caste-agnostic reservation, reactions follow

In a surprise move, the Narendra Modi government on Monday approved 10% reservation for economically challenged sections of the society.

The Centre is hoping to bring a legislation in this regard on Tuesday.

This is the first time a substantial move had been initiated in this connection, though the demand is not new.

Notably, the move was quickly criticized by the opposition.

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Modi government approves caste-agnostic reservation, reactions follow
Backstory: What is the new reservation law about

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Backstory: What is the new reservation law about

Approved by the Union Cabinet, this reservation doesn't take into account the already existing quotas.

The criteria for judging economically backward section are as follows: annual income less than Rs. 8lpa, agricultural land below 5 hectares, a residential area below 1,000 sq ft, a residential plot below 109 yards in notified municipality or residential plot below 209 yards in non notified municipality area.

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Now, roadblocks await the Centre

For this law to be passed, amendments will be needed to be made in Article 16 of the Constitution.

A source said the basic structure of reservation will be changed to allow 60% quota.

"Additionally, a new criterion of economically weaker section as eligible for reservation will be provided for through the Constitution Amendment," the source told IE.

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The government's move was termed political gimmick by Opposition

The decision, just months before general elections, has raised questions on the timing. Opposition parties were quick to berate the government.

Congress leader Harish Rawat called it a poll gimmick and said nothing can save this government now.

Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government knows reservations are capped at 50% by the Supreme Court and asked why the decision wasn't taken earlier.

Singhvi says BJP thinks 'public eats grass'

Brickbats

Kejriwal says will support government if amendment bill is introduced

Reacting to the development, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal dared the government to introduce amendment bill. He tweeted if the NDA led Centre fails to do this, it will show the move is just another gimmick.

Former BJP stalwart Yashwant Sinha said there is no time to clear the bill in both houses. "Govt stands completely exposed, (sic)" he tweeted calling it a jumla.

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Will BJP's masterstroke work this time?

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Will BJP's masterstroke work this time?

The BJP which is said to have left its core voter base disgruntled is reaching out to them. Reportedly, government sources claimed this demand was 17 years old and it only got structure now.

BJP's parent body RSS which has opposed caste-based reservation would approve of this move.

The question left now is: Will this help BJP in consolidating votes in 2019?

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What is the 10% reservation hoopla all about?

Who qualifies as 'economically challenged'?

What did the opposition say?

Will this move help BJP?

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What is the 10% reservation hoopla all about?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Shreya Rathore

Answered by NewsBytes

The Narendra Modi government approved 10% reservation of economically backward section. This reservation will not depend on caste.

Who qualifies as 'economically challenged'?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Rishika Mehta

Answered by NewsBytes

Families having an annual income less than Rs. 8lpa, or agricultural land below 5 hectares, a residential area below 1000 sq ft, the residential plot below 109 yards in notified municipality or residential plot below 209 yards in non notified municipality area.

What did the opposition say?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Vibhore Sarin

Answered by NewsBytes

The opposition claimed this was just another gimmick of the government and it stands exposed.

Will this move help BJP?

Asked on 07-01-2019 by Hansika Dasgupta

Answered by NewsBytes

The BJP is clearly reaching out to its core voter base. It is hoping to consolidate votes before the 2019 general elections. Only time will tell if it will help BJP.

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