New Delhi: The 10% reservation in education and government jobs for the youth from economically weaker sections will enhance the confidence of ‘New India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday, asserting that the new arrangement will not encroach upon anyone’s rights.
Addressing the BJP’s national convention at the Ramlila Maidan here, Modi said for first time in the country’s history, there has not been any charge of corruption against a government.
The BJP rule has proved that the country can be run without corruption, Modi added. He said earlier governments saw farmers (annadata) as only ‘matdata’ (voters), while his government was constantly trying to address challenges faced by them.
“We are working day and night to double farmers’ income by 2022,” he said.
“Ten-per cent quota given to economically backward classes is to meet the expectations of youths who were not getting opportunities due to poverty. This will enhance confidence of ‘New India’. The arrangement is without encroaching on anyone’s rights,” he said.
Responding to the question repeatedly posed by the opposition, the prime minister said, “Some people are trying to spread rumours. Capacity of educational institutions will be increased by 10%.”
In today’s address to BJP national council members, the Prime Minister challenged the Gandhi family yet again. He raked up the National Herald case, telling the karyakartas Rahul and Sonia Gandhi were out on bail.
The BJP has made it clear that in the campaign of 2019, their planks will be 60 years of Congress’s ‘mis-rule’.
Reacting to the policy initiative of the Modi government, economist Surjit S Bhalla wrote in The Indian Express today, “Given the biases BJP office-holders are known to have, it was not surprising that the party’s spokespersons did not emphasise the fact that the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections, EWS, (those, not SC, ST or OBC) was the first time in India’s long non-secular history that a government welfare programme specifically included Muslims under its umbrella of recipients.
What was surprising, however, is the fact that the secular liberals had a lump in their throat which prevented them from uttering the M-word. Instead, all the utterances and profound insights on TV and print media have been about how this was a jumla, and that it showed the desperation of the BJP to gather votes.”