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CM Kamal Nath’s Madhya Pradesh Cabinet clears 10 percent EWS quota for general category

Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the proposal to provide 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) of the general category in jobs and education.

The Decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, said Minister for Public Relations PC Sharma.

Speaking about the details, a government spokesperson said, candidate eligible for the quota should not have its family income exceeding Rs 8 lakh annually. The state government has decided to follow the Central government model of 10 percent EWS quota for general category people having less than ₹8 lakh annual income.

PC Sharma talking to the media said that the MP government increased the limit to 1,200 square feet for the eligibility while as per the Union government‘s rules, a family of the candidate should not own a house bigger than 1,000 square feet in notified municipal areas.

Chief Minister Nath had in Madhya Pradesh assembly last year announced his government will follow the Union Government’s path to provide the 10 percent reservation.

The State Cabinet-led CM Kamal Nath on Wednesday also gave its nod to a proposal to enter into a tripartite agreement with the Central government and Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Company for metro rail projects in Bhopal and Indore.

Many States including Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam have already approved the bill to implement the reservation for EWS for General Category.

The Lok Sabha on January 8 had cleared the way for 10percent EWS quota Bill. Rajya Sabha, on the last day of winter session also passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 165 ‘ayes’ that seeks to provide reservation to upper caste while 7 voted against the bill.

Earlier on Jan 11, a day after the upper House of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha cleared the passage for the passage of the bill granting 10 percent reservation to EWS of the general category, a petition challenging the bill filed in the Top Court.

While many petitions have been filed in the Apex Court against the bill stating that the 10 percent reservation to the upper castes violates several basic features of the constitution.

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