Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi government for its decision to give 10 per cent reservation to 'economically weaker' section among general category. He also likened PM Modi to the architect of the Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar, saying that the Centre's decision will immensely benefit the economically weaker sections.
"Narendra Modi is the Ambedkar of 21st century. Son of poor parents himself, he has thought about the poor of all sections of the society," the chief minister told reporters."
"Reservations on economic basis was being demanded by the economically weaker sections in the general category across the country for a long time. They are going to benefit immensely from the decision," he added.
Earlier on Monday, the Union Cabinet has cleared a 10 per cent job and education quota for "economically weaker" sections, meeting a key demand of upper castes, a staunch BJP support base which has shown signs of a drift from the party.
The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 per cent.
(With PTI inputs)