New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward section in the general category, sources said Monday.

The government is likely to bring a constitutional amendment bill in Parliament on Tuesday, they said, adding that the quota will be over and above the existing 50% reservation. 

The section doesn’t get any reservation as of now, the sources said. 
“The reservation will be given to those economically backward, poor people who are not availing the benefit of reservation as of now,” a source explained. 

The reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh and have up to five acres of land, he said. 
Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended for implementation of the decision, the sources added.
Election gimmick, says Congress

The Congress described the government’s decision of quota for economically backward sections in the general category as an “election gimmick” and accused the BJP of posturing ahead of the national elections.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the government did not think about this for four years and eight months and brought this just months before the model code of conduct coming into effect. He also asked whether the government has the majority to bring about a Constitution amendment in Parliament.

“Why did you not think of this for four years and eight months? So obviously thought of as election gimmick three months before the model code. You know that you cannot exceed 50 per cent maxima so it is done only to posture that you tried,” he said in a tweet.