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JD(S) backs bill for 10 per cent quota for poor in general category

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

JD(S) supremo and former H D Deve Gowda extended support Tuesday to the Centre's move towards providing a 10-per cent quota in government jobs and education for the "economically weaker" sections.

"(Secular) supports the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections of the upper castes," he said in a tweet.

"We have always stood for, and will continue to stand for betterment of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society," the veteran leader added.

The JD(S) has two members from Karnataka, including Deve Gowda.

In a major move ahead of the polls, the on Monday cleared a 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections, meeting a key demand of the upper castes, a staunch support base of the ruling which has shown signs of a drift from the saffron party.

The has dubbed the move as an "election gimmick". The JD(S) is in power in in an alliance with the

The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, and will take the total reservation to 60 per cent.

The tabled a bill in this regard in Parliament on Tuesday, which for the first time aimed to provide for non-caste, non-religion-based reservation.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 13:55 IST