While some have called it a last ditch effort of Modi government to woo upper caste votes, others have termed it a masterstroke just ahead of national election.
But the historic bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category and economically weaker in jobs and education was signed by the President of India.
With this, the legislative process is now complete.
Earlier, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha with the support of most parties at the end of a bustling day with the government describing it as historic and in country’s interest.
The beneficiaries of this reservation will be those belonging to economically weaker section hailing from castes like Brahman, Thakur, Kayastha, Baniya, Jaat, Gujjar and others
The economically weaker section from among these castes include those with annual income below Rs 8 lakh, or those having agriculture land below 5 acres, or those with residential house below 1000 square feet among other conditions.
This reservation will be provided in both jobs (direct recruitment) and the education sector.
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category shall include those with annual income below 8 lakh