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Uttar Pradesh welcomes 10% general quota, will come in force by Feb 14

Parliament passed the he Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, earlier this month, while, President Ram Nath Kovind approved it on January 12, after thorough discussions and voting were held in both the Houses.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 18 Jan 2019 11:26 AM GMT

Uttar Pradesh welcomes 10% general quota, will come in force by Feb 14
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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh, on Friday became the sixth state in the Country to implement 10 percent reservation for the economically-weaker sections in the General category in jobs and educational institutions which will come in force by February 14.

However, Gujurat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are the five other states to incorporate the additional quota.

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A state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave nod to the quota, said senior cabinet minister and UP government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma.

"The cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the notification granting 10 per cent reservation to the poor among the upper castes which has come into effect on January 14," Sharma said.

"The UP government will implement the quota for the upper castes fully without touching the reservation for other sections of society," he further said.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who holds the Higher Education portfolio, and state and private universities, approved a proposal for implementing the 10 percent reservation for forward caste poor in higher education institutions after Cabinet approval.

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There are 49 universities in the state, including four Central universities, 15 state universities and 27 private universities, together accounting for over 44,000 seats in various disciplines.

Parliament passed the he Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, earlier this month, while, President Ram Nath Kovind approved it on January 12, after thorough discussions and voting were held in both the Houses.

It is to be mentioned that the 10 per cent quota is above the 22.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and 27 per cent quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) castes.

The income criteria to get EWS quot will be the same as for the OBC creamy layer. In other words, a person whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh will be identified as a beneficiary under the new quota.

The family includes, the person who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/ her parents, siblings below the age of 18 years, his/ her spouse, and children below the age of 18 years.

The Gujarat, on January 14 become the first state to implement 10% quota for EWS of forward castes.

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