After the Narendra Modi government resolved to bring in a constitutional amendment that increases reservation quotas to benefit Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that the reservation formula was created not to solve economic issues of the people but to solve caste issues. He even demanded that the government must make public the basis of the quota formula.
"The reservation formula was created for caste issues, it was not done to solve economic issues. The caste-based reservation is not implemented well for the tribals and the Dalits to benefit from... They should make public for whom this quota was created. We do not know on what basis the quota was raised," he said.
In a massive break-away from caste- and religion- appeasement and in consonance with the idea of keeping the economic background as the fulcrum criteria for reservation, the Narendra Modi government has resolved to bring in a constitutional amendment that increases reservation quotas to benefit Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
Sources say that the constitutional amendment which is being brought in by the Modi government will be a gamechanger in terms of reservation policy, especially in a big election year, since it is agnostic of caste appeasement.
As per sources, the reservations will go up from the current 50% to 60% and will be applicable for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) to get reservation in jobs and in education, thereby serving as a huge mode up upliftment.
Sources have said that the increased 10% reservation will go to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The historic amendment goes in line with the Modi government's policy of junking caste-based appeasement with the alternate of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'. As per the constitutional amendment, sources have confirmed that every household where the income is below Rs 8 lakh, individuals across caste will be eligible for the said quota.
Furthermore, as per inputs, the Modi government will bring in the constitutional amendment on the floor of the house on Tuesday.
The move is likely to serve as a big counter-weight to the narrative of the BJP being a pro-upper caste party, and is bound to have huge ramifications in the lead-up to 2019.