New Delhi: Narendra Modi-led Centre has decided to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker upper castes in civil posts and services in central government from February 1, 2019.

Referring to an Office Memorandum issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Department of Personnel and Training in its notification said that all direct recruitment vacancies notified on or after February 2, 2019 will incorporate the reservation.

The constitutional amendment to provide the 10 per cent quota was approved by Parliament during winter session earlier this month and had received assent of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 13.

Eligibility to avail 10% reservation  

a) People who own less than 5 acres of land

b)His/her family income should be less than Rs 8 lakhs per annum

d)The person’s residential house should be below 1000 sq ft

d)The residential plot should be below 100 yards in a notified municipality area

e)The residential plot should be below 200 yards in a non-notified municipality area

Meanwhile various BJP-ruled states like Gujarat, Himachal Pradersh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh  implemented 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category.

While all Opposition parties have welcomed the bill, they have also doubted the government’s intentions. The Congress said it was merely a “gimmick” aimed at political gains in upcoming elections. Party leader KV Thomas said the legislation had been made in haste…and it should be sent to Joint Parliamentary Committee for examination.

Various parties, including the BSP, SP, TDP and DMK, also called it a poll stunt even as they welcomed the move. The CPI(M) alleged it was a move to gain electoral benefit by combining caste passions with communal polarisation.

BSP chief Mayawati said the bill was an “election stunt and political gimmick” ahead of Lok Sabha polls, though her party welcomed the “immature” move.

However, the Central government has refuted their claims and maintained that the move has nothing to do with the Lok Sabha polls. Speaking to reporters, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said,“This has nothing to do with the elections. It was under consideration for a long time.”