Just after a controversial Rajasthan Bill over Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017, Rajasthan government headed by CM Vasundhara Raje has also passed a bill which increases reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the state from 21% to 26%. The bill proposing 5% hike in the OBC quota in government jobs was tabled during the assembly’s monsoon session this year.
In the wake of widespread agitation by the Gujjar community demanding reservation under the backward classes category, the BJP government has decided to grant 5% reservation to the five most backward OBC communities that were earlier grouped as the Special Backward Classes (SBC).
As per Supreme Court guidelines, the total quota in government jobs and educational institutions for different reserved categories in the state cannot go beyond 50% but what actually happened last year was that the state government attempted to grant 5% quota to Gujjars which would have shot the overall reservation to 54% therefore the Rajasthan high court struck down the state government’s attempt to do that activity but now the government has quoted a reason saying that the OBC quota is being increased in proportion to the increase in state’s OBC population which is legally permissible.
SBC category has no Constitutional approval hence it will be replaced by OBC and Most OBC categories.