Rajasthan passes Bill to hike OBC quota

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Context:

  • The Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill which increased reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.
  • The community includes Gujjars and four other castes.

More about the bill:

  • The bill seeks to provide 5 per cent reservation to Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya communities.
  • The Bill created a new “most backward” category within the OBCs for providing the quota benefit to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities.
  • With the passage of the bill, the reservation in Rajasthan now stands at 54 per cent defying the set ceiling of 50 per cent by the Supreme Court.

Source:TH