Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday approved 10 per cent reservation given by the Central government in government jobs and educations to economically weaker section in the general category. With this, the Jai Ram Thakur-led state became the fourth one to do so, after Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Jharkhand.

Earlier this week, Gujarat had approved the quota. The suit was followed by Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Furthermore, the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has also decided to implement a scheme for women victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Under the scheme, the victims will get a financial help ranging from Rs two-ten lakh depending on the gravity of the crime.

An official spokesperson, as quoted by PTI, informed that the amount of compensation would be provided under Women Victims Compensation Fund as decided by the State Legal Services Authority or the District Legal Authority.

On Friday, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave nod to 10 per cent reservation given by the Central government in government jobs and educations to economically weaker section in the general category.

“The cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the notification granting 10 per cent reservation to the poor in the general category which has come into effect on January 14,” UP government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma had said, while briefing the media about the development.

He added, “The UP government will implement the quota for the economically backward in the general category fully without touching the reservation for other sections of the society.”

Only last week, the Rajya Sabha had passed the bill granting 10 per cent quota, after hours of debate. The Bill seeks to amend Article 15 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.

These “special provisions” would relate to “admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the state, other than the minority educational institutions”.