Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has approved 10% reservation given by Central Government in government jobs and education to the economically weaker in the general category, said ANI on Friday. Which this, UP became the third state to do so, after Gujarat and Jharkhand. (Also read: 25% Hike in College Seats to Implement 10% Quota)

Earlier this week, first the Gujarat government, and then the Jharkhand government the very next day, had approved the quota. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has said that directions had been given to implement quota.

“It is a historic step by the Centre. We have issued instructions to implement it in Uttarakhand also,” he said earlier this week.

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, soon after the announcement, Public Service Commission (GPSC) chairman Dinesh Dasa said they would suspend “all the preliminary exams” which were scheduled to be held on January 20.

“In view of the announcements made by the state government, we have decided to defer the GPSC preliminary exams which were to be held on January 20. The exams will be rescheduled and announced after the certificates are issued to the new reservation beneficiaries,” he said.

Only last week, the Rajya Sabha had passed the bill granting 10% 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”.

Meanwhile, Youth For Equality organisation and Kaushal Kant Mishra have filed a plea in the top court seeking quashing of the bill, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.