My Report: 10% EWS Quota is to Win Back Votes in Hindi Heartland
Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam
On Monday, 7 January the government announced 10 percent reservation in government jobs and admissions to higher educational institutions for those from economically weaker sections (EWS) who are not included in any existing reservation scheme.
We asked what citizen journalists think about the move.
Most people told The Quint that the move was problematic and was made at a convenient time, that is the year of the general elections.
Abhay, a student from Bikaner said that the intent to pass the bill was to influence the election.
There was consensus on the idea that economic criteria alone cannot be a basis for reservation.
Majid Alam, a student from Delhi said that the 10 percent reservation policy stands contrary to the Constitution of India, that enshrines equality of opportunity.
Quota to Woo Vote Bank of Lost Hindi Heartland
Citizen journalists said that move needed to be looked at with respect to BJP’s recent loss in three states and it was done only to “flatter the loyalists in the Hindi heartland.”
(The Quint is now on WhatsApp. To receive handpicked stories on topics you care about, subscribe to our WhatsApp services. Just go to TheQuint.com/WhatsApp and hit the Subscribe button.)