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Punjab hikes OBC quota in educational institutions by 5 pc

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The today doubled the quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in educational institutions from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

The quota for members of backward classes has also been increased in technical and professional institutions in the state, an official spokesman said here.

However, the decision does not have any impact on the quota for and scheduled tribes, which remains unchanged at 25 per cent.

The increase comes into effect immediately as the Welfare Department has already issued a notification in this regard, he said.

"The move aims to uplift other backward classes, which suffered extreme suppression and victimisation in the past 10 years of the SAD-misrule," the spokesman said.

The had promised several measures to uplift OBCs and Dalits, including increasing their quota in educational institutions and jobs, in its manifesto.

The had in March 1964 notified 20 per cent reservation and 2 per cent seats for the members of scheduled castes/and backward classes in education, technical and professional institutions.

These norms were revised in 1974, when the state enhanced the quota by 5 per cent, taking it to 25 per cent in case of members of and to 5 per cent in case of members of backward classes.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 21:13 IST