New Reservation Bill for GENERAL people by union cabinate


On 7th January 2019 our Union Cabinet approved a bill for 10% reservations for  the 'economically weak' sections of the general category for jobs and educational institutions, This 10% reservation is in addition to the existing 50% reservation. Which means it does not interfere with it. What's interesting is the eligibility criteria for this new 10% reservation


Criteria for 10% reservation bill for General category

1.First criteria for qualification is, if your family’s household income is 8 lakhs per year or lesser
2.Second criteria, it states that the agriculture land owned should be less than 5 acres.
3.Third criteria is that your house should be less than 1000 sq feet.
4. Fourth criteria is that your residential plot should be less than or equal to 100 yards if it is in a municipality,
5. Fifth criteria, should be less than or equal to 209 yards if it's in a non-notified municipality.




Interesting thing about the new reservation system for general people is that the income tax in India start at 2.5 lakh per year. With this new Bill government, our Government expects that if we earn more than or equal to 2.5 lakhs per year, we should pay the income tax, But on the other hand, the government says that if our household income is less than 8 lakhs we are economically backward. So they labeled us as economically backward as well as demand taxes from us Again, what's the logic to this?



History of Reservations limit in India

In 1993, when the reservation was introduced for Other Backward Classes, the upper bound  was at 1 lakh per annum. That is, only the people who earned less than 1 lakh per annum could benefit from the reservation. After that, the limit was increased four times. In 2004, it was increased to 2.5 lakh. In 2008, it was increased to 4.5 lakh. Again in 2008, it was increased to 6 lakh. And then in 2017, it was increased to upto 8 lakh per annum.

Many people are questiong behind this bill, most of thinks it doesn't bring any changes in the caste descrimination. The bill is yet to debate in the houses and courts.

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