Guj pla­cates Pa­tels with 10% up­per caste quota

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Hi­ral Dave let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AHMED­ABAD: Gu­jarat an­nounced 10% reser­va­tion for the poor among up­per castes on Fri­day, a move pri­mar­ily aimed at pla­cat­ing the in­flu­en­tial Pa­tel com­mu­nity whose vi­o­lent protests seek­ing jobs and col­lege seats shook the state gov­ern­ment last year.

But the de­ci­sion, which could ben­e­fit up­per caste fam­i­lies with an­nual in­come un­der Rs6 lakh, is likely to run into le­gal hur­dles as the new quota will be in ad­di­tion to 49.5% reser­va­tion al­ready given to dis­ad­van­taged groups such as OBCs, SCs and STs.

Un­der Supreme Court guide­lines, gov­ern­ments can­not pro- vide reser­va­tion be­yond 50% of their pop­u­la­tion.

Gu­jarat is the lat­est among a string of BJP-ruled states to re­serve jobs and col­lege quo­tas for up­per caste com­mu­ni­ties.

CON­TIN­UED ON P11 RE­LATED RE­PORT, P12

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