Haryana clears 10 pct reservation for 'economically backward classes'

Bhupinder Singh Hooda

The Haryana government on Wednesday approved the proposal for providing 10 per cent reservation to "economically backward classes" in general category, as recommended by the Haryana Backward Classes Commission.

The Council of Ministers, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today, accepted the recommendations of Cabinet Sub Committee.

The Council of Ministers had constituted the Sub Committee on December 12 last year to consider the recommendations of the Backward Classes Commission and to suggest specific programmes for economic uplift of the community.

The Sub Committee was headed by state Finance Minister H S Chatha on the issue of reservation in government jobs for economically backward persons in general category.

Later, addressing a meeting the chief minister said the reservation for economically backward classes would be "vertical and not horizontal".

The Cabinet Sub-Committee is also of the opinion that those, who claim benefit of reservation under other categories, will not be entitled to claim benefit of reservation under this category.

The Haryana Backward Classes Commission had submitted its report on January 22.

As per this criteria, 'Family' for the purposes of the applicant seeking reservation as 'economically backward' is defined as Head of Family and his or her spouse; unmarried sons or unmarried daughters; applicant and his or her spouse; dependant parents or dependent children; unmarried dependant brothers or unmarried dependant sisters; and any other person dependant on head of the family or applicant.

An official release detailing the reservation said Rs 2.50 lakh per annum shall be gross income of the family that is income from all sources including agriculture income.

It was observed that in 2011-12, Haryana's per-capita income was Rs 1,09,227 or say Rs 1, 10,000. Multiplied by a factor of 2, it comes to Rs 2.20 lakh. By adding for inflationary and other pressures, this amount be taken to be Rs 2.50 lakh.

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