The Union Cabinet on April 14, 2019 approved the provisions regulated under 10% quota bill. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The bill have been passed after getting an approval from the Election Commission as asked by MHRD, as the model code of conduct is in imposition.
What is 10% quota bill?
The bill was introduced by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and was taken into account by MHRD on January 9th 2019. The official notice mentioned, the bill to be regulated from January 17 this year for the academic session of 2019-20.
The bill complies 10% reservation to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) among the general category in government jobs and education. The bill has been issued to be implemented in Central Educational Institutions, which is to be funded by govt. Some of the institutions including 8 institutions of excellence, research institutions, institutions of national and strategic importance are exempted from the bill.
The Memorandum issued by the Ministry clearly mentions ” In pursuance of 103rd Constitutional Amendment and guidelines of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) to provide for 10% reservations for EWS category, without adversely affecting the proportionate reservations for SC/ST and SEBC and also not reducing the seat availability in General category, the HRD Ministry had issued instructions in January this year to all CEIs to increase the intake of students in all branches of study.”
Sanction of Rs. 4315.15 crore has been approved for the 158 CEIs for implementation of reservation in admission to students belonging to EWS. The Cabinet has approved total of 2,14,766 additional seats for the reservation under the bill. Among them 1,189,983 seats will be created during academic session of 2019-20 and 95, 783 seats will be added in 2020-21.