Give quota to upper castes, says MoS Ramdas Athawale
Athawale, who is from the Republican Party of India and had earlier batted for quota for Scheduled Castes and Tribes in the Indian cricket team, stated, "Currently there is 49.5 per cent reservations. We should increase it by 25 per cent to accommodate Patels, Rajputs, Brahmins, Banias and Marathas."
The minister, who has been espousing a separate state for Vidarbha in Maharashtra where he hails from, told reporters that "these higher castes should not fall under the creamy layer or be earning Rs 8 lakh a year to get reservations.
"I believe that they should get 25 per cent reservations by increasing quota the overall quota to 75 per cent."
He added that this should not disturb the existing reservation system benefitting the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).