New Delhi: The government has cleared a 10 per cent quota in jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections among the so-called upper castes, after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sources said the government is ready with a bill which will be introduced in parliament tomorrow, the last day of the Winter Session.
The decision comes months before the government’s tenure is to end in a few months and the country is headed into election mode.
Dalit leader and junior social justice minister Ramdas Athawale had earlier supposed reservation for upper castes, arguing that since quotas could not be ended, parliament should give 25 per cent reservation to the upper castes.
The move, a BJP leader hinted, could come in handy to deal with reservation demands from communities that had been demanding that they be counted as other backward classes, or OBCs that have 27 per cent quota for government jobs and admission to educational institutions.