10% quota for upper caste poor in India

 

Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi.- PTI
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.- PTI

Modi's plans would help households with an annual income of less than $11,000, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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Published: Mon 7 Jan 2019, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 7 Jan 2019, 11:28 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government announced plans on Monday to set aside a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India's upper caste, months before what looks set to be a challenging re-election bid.
India already "reserves" jobs for impoverished and disadvantaged lower castes for civil service jobs and educational places, but this has caused resentment among other communities, who say it is unfair and freezes them out.
Modi's plans would help households with an annual income of less than $11,000, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The change would require a change to the constitution, which caps the number of reserved jobs and college places at 50 per cent.
The bill was approved by the cabinet on Monday. It requires approval from both houses of parliament.



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