The Union Cabinet on Monday, 7 January, approved a 10 percent reservation for economically backward upper castes in government jobs and education.
As the decision came, just a few weeks ahead of the general elections, the intent and motive of the proposed move came under intense scrutiny. The BJP and its allies projected the decision as a welcome one, while those in the opposition were more skeptical, some going to the length of terming it as yet another jumla.
The need and viability of the move – both in terms of legality and propriety – also came under the scanner.
Here is all you need to know about the decision, explained in three cards.