Gujarat arat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced that his government will implement the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category with immediate effect. His announcement comes less than a week after Parliament passed a constitutional amendment bill to facilitate 10 per cent reservation for upper castes in higher education and employment.
The bill became a law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to it on Saturday (January 12).
If Rupani goes ahead with implementing his announcement, Gujarat will become the first state in the country to implement the 10 per quota for the poor.
In a tweet, Rupani said: "Happy to state that the Government of Gujarat has decided to implement 10 per cent EWS reservation benefits from January 14, 2019."
What about ongoing recruitment
The chief minister said that besides fresh recruitment, the 10 per cent quota will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment processes where only advertisement has been published but first stage of examination is yet to be held.
In a press release, the government said that the 10 per cent reservation will be provided in government jobs and higher education for the economically backward sections in the general category from January 14.
The new quota will also be implemented in admissions and jobs which were advertised before January 14 but for which the actual process has not started, it said. In such cases, fresh announcement about the admission process or jobs will have to be made, the press release said.
However, if the recruitment or admission process --tests or interviews -- has started before January 14, the 10 per cent quota would not apply.
This will create confusion: Congress
Reacting to the development, Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda said the announcement will create confusion among people.
"The government has said it will implement the provision from January 14, which is Uttarayan holiday. The chief minister should explain the logic behind this announcement and the process to implement it," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
He demanded that the BJP government should explain the status of a stay granted by the Supreme Court on the similar 10 per cent reservation for EWS category in Gujarat that was introduced when Anandiben Patel was chief minister.
Just a day after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Modi Government's bill to grant 10% quota in government jobs and education for economically weaker sections (EWS) irrespective of religion and caste, Gujarat became the first state to implement the new quota.
"Happy to state that the Government Of Gujarat has decided to implement 10% EWS reservation benefits from 14th January, 2019," tweeted Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, adding, "It will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment process too wherein there is only Advertisement published but first stage of examination is yet to held."
In a statement, the state government clarified that the new poor quota will be implemented in admissions and jobs that were advertised before January 14 but for which the actual process is yet to start. In such cases, a fresh announcement about the admission process or jobs will have to be made, it added. But if the admission or recruitment process, including tests and interviews, started before January 14, then the reservation for upper caste poor would not apply.