Rajnath Singh justifies 10% quota saying it's in tune with Modi govt commitment for development of poor

New Delhi, News24Bureau, Jan 21: Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that the new law guaranteeing 10 per cent quota for the poor among the general category was in tune with Modi government's commitment to ensure the development of all sections. He further accused the Congress of trying to secure votes of Dalits in the name of B R Ambedkar.

The Constitutional amendment which will provide 10 per cent quota in government jobs and higher education to the economically weaker sections among the general category has already received the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind January 12.

But there is dissent from some sections of the society which have opposed this provision saying it has violated the Constitution which doesn't recognise economic backwardness as the criterion for reservation.

Singh was addressing a public rally in Nagpur on the concluding day of the national convention of BJP's Scheduled Caste cell. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the new reservation to realise Dalit icon Ambedkar's dream of the egalitarian society.

Rajnath Singh said, "Babasaheb Ambedkar had talked about liberty, equality and fraternity. He enshrined reservation in Constitution to ensure equality and the quota facility was provided for people who were economically and socially backward. Ambedkar's dream was to ensure equality," adding, "With this objective, the prime minister provided 10 per cent reservation to fulfil the goal of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas".

The home minister also said those people who could not get benefits of reservation, and those among them who are economically backward who could contribute in the development of the country should also get a reservation.
With Agencies