Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Region -

In the nar­ra­tive over the reser­va­tion bill, it is un­clear that how it will be en­sured that the weaker sec­tions get the ben­e­fit. The ra­tio­nale of fix­ing the in­come limit of the fam­ily at ₹8 lakh re­mains fuzzy and there is no base for the same. The Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice’s first ad­vance es­ti­mate of the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct projects per capita an­nual gross na­tional in­come at around ₹1 lakh. As­sum­ing a fam­ily of five (all earn­ing, which is un­likely to hap­pen), the av­er­age house­hold in­come in In­dia would then be just over ₹5.1 lakh. All that this means is that the limit of ₹8 lakh is very high. If we fol­low this, the num­ber of fam­i­lies get­ting the ben­e­fits of reser­va­tion will be about 98% of to­tal house­holds in the coun­try.

Ka­mal Arora, Panchkula

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