THE Gujarat BJP government on Friday has stated 10% reservation quota in higher education and government jobs for economic backward class among uppercasts who are ruled out under the existing reservation system. The new category would cover all upper castes, including Patidars, whose yearly family income does not exceed Rs 6 lakh.
This special decree will come into existence from May 1. "The ordinance will be promulgated immediately in order to introduce the new system in the next admission season starting soon," state BJP president Vijay Rupani said.
The upstated announcement in Gujarat was taken at BJP's core committee meeting at the state headquarters. BJP president Amit Shah chaired the meeting, which was attended by chief minister Anandiben and other state officials. The administration has followed the moves taken by Haryana and Rajasthan governments recently declared special quotas for Jats and Gujjars respectively.
"Gujarat government has decided to pact 10% reservation for economically backward class in general category," Chief Minister Anandiben Patel tweeted making the announcement, adding, "Existing 49% reservation for SC, ST and OBC will remain untouched. Gujarat government is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all."
The Patidar community has been demanding quota under Economically Backward Class based on the economic benchmark as Patidar are originally land owning community and not included in OBC’s.
Meanwhile, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which heads the ignition, rejected the announcement calling it "yet another lollipop from the BJP factory".
The move by the government may face a legal hurdle also but the state government and the ruling party don't want to be seen as the main stumbling block for the Patidars, as it faced wipe out in the panchayats polls when Congress won 23 of 31 district panchayats held last year.
“We are very serious about this and we will fight it up to the apex court for reservation of economically backward among the general category,” Rupani said.