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Maharashtra cabinet approves 10 per cent reservation for upper caste under EWS category

Earlier on January 8, Lok Sabha passed the bill granting 10 per cent reservation for upper caste under EWS category

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After Central government granted 10 per cent reservation quota for upper caste on the basis of economic status, Maharashtra government also followed on the footsteps of the union government.

Maharashtra cabinet on Monday approved the 10 per cent reservation quota for the general category who fall under economically weaker sections (EWS) in the society. Earlier in November 2018, Maharashtra assembly passed the Maratha reservation bill providing the Maratha community with 16 per cent reservation in education and jobs in the state. 

Earlier, before the Maratha reservation bill was passed, the reservation quota in the state was 52 per cent. However, with the state government focusing on implementing the reservation for upper caste poor, the reservation quota in Maharashtra will be 78 per cent. 

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Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the centre made an amendment to the constitution in order to provide reservation for the upper caste under EWS category. The Indian Parliament amended Article 15 and 16 of the constitution. 

After the centre passed the bill, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat government also provided the reservation to the upper caste poor in their respective states.

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