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Rajasthan assembly passes two bills on reservation

Jaipur: The Rajasthan assembly on Tuesday passed two bills granting 'five percent' reservation to Gujjar-led special backward classes (SBC) and 'fourteen percent' to economically backward classes (EBC), taking the total quota quantum in the state to more than 50% -- the upper ceiling that twice felled quota laws of the state.

The Vasundhra Raje government also pushed through resolutions urging the Centre to place the twin bills in the 9th schedule of the Constitution to buffer them from legal scrutiny.

The two Bills are Rajasthan Special Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill 2015 and Rajasthan Economically Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill 2015.

The Raje government hopes to prove its bona fide through its demand to the Centre that the bills be put in the 9th schedule.

As of now, quotas in state jobs and educational institutions stand at 49% and the fresh measures will stretch it to 68%.

The criterion for quota in the EBC category will be purely economic and not caste-based. enabling the poor among upper caste to be eligible for reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.

After a prolonged Gujjar agitation that had left about 70 dead, the Raje government in 2008 had brought a single Bill that had provided for five per cent reservation to Gujjars and 14 per cent to EBCs.

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