The Union cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal for amendments in the Constitution to set aside a 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for economically backward sections.
The move comes barely four months before the Lok Sabha elections as the government faces a swelling Opposition bloc and changing caste equations in the country.
It can be termed the most significant affirmative action by a government since the adoption of the Mandal Commission report by the VP Singh government in 1990.
Since the government proposes to keep this quota religion-neutral, economically weak among Muslims and other minorities too would be eligible for benefits.
Senior ministers said it’s in line with the “sabka saath sabka vikas” mantra of the government.
In a show of intent, the government plans to bring its bill to Parliament on Tuesday (January 8), the last working day of the ongoing Winter Session.
The government on Monday extended the Rajya Sabha proceedings by a day till January 9 to enable the House to take up a proposed legislation,