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.

Hence, annual income of the family of the applicant should not cumulatively exceed Rs 2.50 lakh per annum for entitlement in category of 'economically backward class', the release said.

In case any person in the family is income≠tax or wealth tax payer, benefit of reservation would not be extended.

Besides, the applicant or family should not be in Class-I or Class-II services of Government of India or State Government level or equivalent or hold any equivalent post in any statutory Board/Corporation/University/Society/Trust or an equivalent position in any public or private limited company or in any international organisation.

In case, the family is engaged in a profession as doctor, lawyer, chartered accountant, income tax consultant, financial or management consultant, engineer, architect, computer specialist, film or TV artist, play write, author, model, media personnel or holds any elected or appointed office either under the Constitution or in terms of any statute out of which emolument or salary is paid, criteria of income shall be applicable.

The family, as described above, should not be employed in any military or para-military services in the rank of 2nd Lt. or above in the Army or any equivalent rank in other forces or Para-Military forces.

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