The Union Cabinet on Monday, 7 January, approved a 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes.
The Union Cabinet on Monday, 7 January, approved a 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes.(Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. The Who, What And How
  • 2. Looking Back: History and Hurdles
  • 3. Why the Government Took This Decision Now
Upper Caste Quota: The End, The Means and The Hurdles

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.

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