07-Jan-2019-Cabinet approves 10% quota for EWS in general category
07-Jan-2019: The Hindu
The Union Cabinet has given its nod for a Constitutional amendment Bill providing 10 percent more reservation for economically weaker sections in direct recruitment (in Government jobs) and for admission in higher educational institutions.
This will be over and above 50 percent mandated by Constitution and hence the need for Constitution amendment Bill, informed sources said.
Indications are that the Constitutional amendment Bill will get introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The proposed amendment Bill will define Economically Weaker Section (EWS) as one having annual income below Rs 8 lakh; agriculture land below 5 acres; residential house below 1,000 sq.ft; residential plot below 100 yards in notified municipality and residential plot below 200 yards in non-notified municipality area. The income includes agricultural income; profession etc.
Rashtriya Swayam Sevaka Sangh (RSS), which is widely known as the BJP’s parent organisation, has always maintained that reservation should be along economic lines and not only along caste lines.