OBC quota raised in Rajasthan

October 26, 2017 11:53 pm | Updated 11:53 pm IST - Jaipur

The Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill that has increased reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in educational institutions and government employment in the State from 21% to 26%.

The Bill created a new ‘most backward’ category within the OBCs for providing quota benefits to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities.

The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, provides 5% reservation to the Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya communities. With the Bill’s passage, reservation in Rajasthan now stands at 54%, exceeding the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court.

The ninth session of the Assembly that started on Monday, also witnessed a major controversy over the introduction of a Bill giving immunity to public servants from investigation without prior sanction.

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