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Are you from the general category, and are happy with this reservation law? Then you need to pause, know the whole scenario, and then give your expressions. The Union Cabinet approved the 10% reservation bill for the economically weak people of the general category in jobs and educational institutions on 7th of January, 2019. From the previous line it looks good, right? Well, if you are good at mathematics, think logically and have some common sense then this does not make sense. Let us see how; for being eligible this is the criteria:

Family’s household income should be equal to or less than 8 lakhs per annum.
The data says 95% of Indians earn less than 8 lakhs per annum.

Agricultural land of less than 5 acres.
86% land holdings in this country are equal to 5 acres or less than it.

House smaller than 1,000 square feet.
80% or more houses are smaller than 5,00 square feet.

Residential plot smaller than 100 yards in municipality and less than 200 yards in a non-notified municipality.

With the data given above, you can have a clear thought on this. The general category people had around 50% seats available for them, and with this reservation 90% of the general category would be competing for the 10% out of the 50% reservation that they have. So what difference does it make when you are competing with almost everyone? The people who are earning more than 65 thousand per month, and the one earning 5 thousand per month would both compete and come in the economically weak section. Senseless reservation law? Well, the Union Minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad made it clear yesterday that the states can decide the parameters to provide to the 10% reservation. This may help if the state government has the ability to think, but till then it’s just chaos.

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- Rajat Priyam
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