10 pc reservation for economically weak in general category comes into force

NEW DELHI: The constitutional provision to provide 10 per cent reservation in Government jobs and education to economically backward section in the general category has come into force Monday, a Government notification said.

The Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 received the assent of the President on Saturday.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019, the Central Government hereby appoints January 14 as the date on which the provision of the said Act shall come into force,” a gazette notification by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment read.

The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.

These “special provisions” would relate to “their admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the state, other than the minority educational institutions”. (AGENCIES)

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