Goa Cabinet regulates 10% quota for EWS general category in the state

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After the central government’s nod to approve the reservations for EWS (Economically Weaker Section) students of general category under 10% Quota Bill, the Department of Education from many states across India have regulated the decision.

The Goa Cabinet on Monday (June 10th) approved the 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the EWS in general category.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the government decision is first of its kind in the state and will also ensue reservation for Muslims and Christians, who till date have been deprived of the benefit.

“We have approved the law passed in the Parliament to provide reservation to the weaker section of society,” Sawant told the TOI. The Chief Minister said that the approval was given without disturbing the existing reservation.

At present their are reservations for SC, ST, OBC, persons with disability, ex-serviceman and children of freedom fighters.

The Union cabinet had approved the 10% reservation in January, qualifying those with income below Rs. 8 lakh per annum as ‘weaker section.’

Other than Goa till now Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh have regulated the 10% quota bill in their state universities and institutes.

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.”

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