Ordinance tomorrow for providing quota for members of households earning below 6 lakh/year
Gandhinagar: TheBJPgovernment is all set to promulgate an ordinance onSundaytoprovide10%reservation in state government jobs and education institutions for economically backward sections. The decision was taken at a BJP core committee meeting chaired by party national president Amit Shah.
Speaking to the media later, Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani said that the ordinance will be promulgated on May 1, the foundation day of the state, and a bill will be introduced in the state assembly later.
Rupani said that the reservation will be provided to members of a family that have an annual income ceiling of ₹ 6 lakh and will not impinge on reservations provided for other sections.
The reservations will be over and above the ₹ 1,000 crore Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana announcedbychief ministerAnandiben Patel and will be enforced from this financial/academicyear.Rupanipointed out that while the draft of the ordinancewillbemadewithadequatecare and the state government would defend the same in both high court and the Supreme Court if the need arises.
The Congress had earlier moved a privatemember’sbillseeking20%reservation for economically backward classes, besides setting up of a fivemember panel to suggest ways to implement reservations for them without violating the 49% statutory cap imposed by the Supreme Court.
The news was not enough to pacify agitating Patidars. The agitators body called it ‘laughable’. Stating that the agitation was started with the de-
mandforincludingthePatidarsinthe Other Backward Category, it said that they were sticking to it. A statement issued by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Lalit Vasoya said that in case the government did not want to extend the limit of reservation beyond 50%, it should include the Patidars in OBCcategoryorgivespecialcategory status to Patidars if it goes beyond 50%. Since all communities have ben- efitted from the Patidar movement, as the government has been forced to first announce Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana and EBC reservations, they should all extend support to the movement, he said.