The Rajasthan State Assembly on 14 Feb 2019, has passed the Rajasthan Backward Classes Amendment Bill, 2019, which aims to fulfill the demands of the Gujjars who are protesting for reservations.
It provides 5 percent quota in jobs and educational institutions to Gurjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria communities.
The communities, namely Gurjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas, and Gadaria are currently provided one percent reservation under More Backward Classes (MBC).
The Bill seeks to grant them an additional four percent quota.
The statement on the objective and reasons for the bill said the five castes are the most backward and required a separate reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.
The bill increases the ceiling of creamy layer from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.
With the 5 percent quota for Gurjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria communities the backward classes’ reservation in the state has increased from present 21 percent to 26 percent.
The reservations in Rajasthan now crosses the 50 percent cap on reservations set by the Supreme Court.
To avoid the possible legal tussle the Rajasthan Assembly passed a resolution and urged the Centre to incorporate it in the 9th schedule to ensure the reservation for these communities.
The statement on the objective and reasons for the bill notes that Parliament has amended the Constitution to exceed the limit of 50 percent laid down by the Indra Sawhney case having regard to the compelling circumstances in which Economically Weaker Sections of the society are languishing