10% EWS quota to come into force in Gu­jarat from to­day

The Hitavada - - NATION -

AHMED­ABAD, Jan 13 (PTI)

THE Gu­jarat Gov­ern­ment said on Sun­day that it will im­ple­ment the 10 per cent reser­va­tions in Gov­ern­ment jobs and higher ed­u­ca­tion for the Eco­nom­i­cally Back­ward sec­tions in the Gen­eral Cat­e­gory from Jan­uary 14.

The Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to pro­vide the 10 per cent quota re­ceived as­sent of Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind on Satur­day.

“The eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions from the Gen­eral Cat­e­gory will get 10 per cent reser­va­tion in ad­mis­sions to higher ed­u­ca­tion and Gov­ern­ment jobs start­ing Ut­tarayan on Jan­uary 14,” the State Gov­ern­ment said in a re­lease.

The new quota will also be im­ple­mented in ad­mis­sions and jobs which were ad­ver­tised be­fore Jan­uary 14 but for which the ac­tual process has not started, it said.

In such cases, fresh an­nounce­ment about the ad­mis­sion process or jobs will have to be made, it added.

How­ever, if the re­cruit­ment or ad­mis­sion process -- tests or in­ter­views -- has started be­fore Jan­uary 14, the 10 per cent quota would not ap­ply, the re­lease added.

Gu­jarat Con­gress chief Amit Chavda crit­i­cised the an­nounce­ment, say­ing it will cre­ate con­fu­sion.

“The Gov­ern­ment has said it will im­ple­ment the pro­vi­sion from Jan­uary 14, which is Ut­tarayan hol­i­day. The Chief Min­is­ter should ex­plain the logic be­hind this an­nounce­ment and the process to im­ple­ment it,” he said.

The BJP Gov­ern­ment should also ex­plain the sta­tus of a stay granted by the Supreme Court on the sim­i­lar 10 per cent reser­va­tion for EWS cat­e­gory in Gu­jarat that was in­tro­duced when Anandiben Pa­tel was Chief Min­is­ter, Chavda added.

The ‘hur­riedly made an­nounce­ment’ will cre­ate con­fu­sion among the can­di­dates, he claimed.

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