West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she will support the Centre's decision to move the quota from 50% to 60% in order to provide the additional 10% quota to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), but asked if the move is legally feasible.
"I'm very happy but if the weaker section get jobs but my question is, in the name of election can the government cheat the people or ditch the unemployed people, they have to first clarify whether it can be implemented or not whether it is constitutionally valid or whether it is legally valid or not, whether it is feasible or not.
Constitutionally there is a law that says quota can't cross 50%. I want proper implementation and positive sense towards employment. We should not cheat or ditch the young generation for election purposes. The unemployment problem is sky high in India. We should not cheat them. This is dangerous time to cheat them... farmers have been cheated. We want unemployed people to get jobs. First they have to see the law, there is an SC verdict that it should not cross 50%. If they can increase the quota from 50%-60% then I am satisfied," she said.
The Narendra Modi government on Monday 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 and religious considerations.
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. The new reservations will be applicable to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) across religions.
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. 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 table the constitutional amendment on the floor of the house on Tuesday. Two articles will need to be amended - Articles 15 and 16 - in order to enable the additional 10% quota.