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‘Upper caste’ quota in public sector begins in 4 days

The constitutional amendment to provide the 10% quotas in government jobs and higher education to the EWS among the general category received the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind on 12 January

New Delhi: Central public sector enterprises (CPSE) will implement the 10% reservation quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) — largely being touted as “upper caste” quota although the new law does not specify castes — in respect of all direct recruitment vacancies from 1 February.

There were 339 CPSEs with a total of over Rs 13.73 lakh crore as on 31 March 2018. They employed 10.88 lakh people, excluding casual and contractual workers, in 2017-18 compared to 11.55 lakh in the previous fiscal.

An order regarding the implementation of the EWS reservation has been issued by the Department of Public Sector Enterprises (DPE).

How the quota will be implemented

“All ministries/departments are requested to advise all CPSEs under their respective jurisdiction to ensure that 10% reservation for EWSs (as per the provisions of DoPT) would be effective in respect of all direct recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 1 February 2019,” the DPE said.

Earlier, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had asked all the ministries and government departments to issue necessary instructions to ensure that reservation for EWS is “implemented without fail” in respect of direct recruitment vacancies.

Persons who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes (SC), the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and socially and educationally backward classes and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are identified as EWSs for the benefit of reservation. There are certain other conditions to qualify for EWSs quota.

The DPE asked the CPSEs to file a fortnightly report beginning from 15 February on vacancies filled by them under SC, ST, OBC, EWS and unreserved categories.

The constitutional amendment to provide the 10% quota in government jobs and higher education to the EWS among the general category received the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind on 12 January.

Recently, Human Resource Development Minister said his department has directed all the educational institutes, including the IITs, IIMs and the central universities, to implement the quota from the coming academic year.

“A similar order has been sent to all the state governments for the implementation of the quota. We have also given a formula on how to implement the 10% reservation without (affecting) the other categories’ quota,” he said.

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