Finally, Gujarat State Government announced 10% reservation quota for Economically backward classes (EBC) in General Category castes on Friday, 29 April 2016. New 10% Reservation for EBC in General castes will be in application from 1st May 2016 which is Gujarat’s Foundation Day.
General Category families that earns Less than Rs 6 lakh per annum will get benefits for the 10% reservation quota. Gujarat BJP Chief Vijay Rupani announced this notification at the BJP Gujarat Headquarters after a Core Committee meeting. BJP Chief Amit Shah, CM Anandiben Patel and other senior ministers of state were present in the committee meeting.
Vijay Rupani said the Government is ready to fight legally as this decision breaks the Supreme Court’s 50% reservation quota limit. Gujarat State Government is providing 49% reservation quota to OBCs and SC/ST. Newly announced quota would be exclusively for EBCs from upper castes, and would not affect reservation already available for SC/STs and OBCs.
Patidar Community has demanded theie inclusion in OBC Quota and for that BJP Gujarat had faced lots of problems in the District elections. Gujarat CM Stands stable against the community’s demand. The Core committee meeting had discussions on various issues and sentiments of people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also given his green signal on this decision.
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group (SPG) were quick to respond to the announcement.
SPG chief Lalji Patel said, “We will study the 10 per cent provisions to see if what Patidars will get is in proportion to what the community has lost. Only then we will make a statement on it… But I welcome the fact that the government has started to give reservation.”
In Gujarat State’s 49% reservation quota, OBC gets 27%, SC gets 7% and ST gets 15% Reservation.
“We are very serious about this and we will fight it up to the apex court for reservation of economically backward among the general category,” Rupani said.
Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel said, “This 10% reservation will not cause any changes to the reservation already offered to members of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).”
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