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Gujarat to implement 10% quota law for general category 'poor' from today; Congress criticises 'hurried announcement'

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government said on Sunday that it will implement the 10 percent reservations in government jobs and higher education for the economically backward sections in the general category from 14 January.

The Constitutional amendment to provide the 10 percent quota received assent of President Ram Nath Kovind on

 Gujarat to implement 10% quota law for general category poor from today; Congress criticises hurried announcement

File image of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. PTI

"The economically-weaker sections from the general category will get 10 percent reservation in admissions to higher education and government jobs starting Uttarayan on 14 January," the state government said in a release.

The new quota will also be implemented in admissions and jobs which were advertised before 14 January 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, it added.

However, if the recruitment or admission process — tests or interviews — has started before 14 January, the 10 percent quota would not apply, the release added.

Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda criticised the announcement, saying it will create confusion. "The government has said it will implement the provision from 14 January, which is Uttarayan holiday. The chief minister should explain the logic behind this announcement and the process to implement it," he said.

The BJP government should also explain the status of a stay granted by the Supreme Court on the similar 10 percent
reservation for EWS category in Gujarat that was introduced when Anandiben Patel was chief minister, Chavda added.

The "hurriedly-made announcement" will create confusion among the candidates, he claimed.

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Updated Date: Jan 14, 2019 11:31:39 IST

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