Also, the quota for members of backward classes has also been increased in technical and professional institutions in Punjab.
In a bid to uplift the backward classes, which suffered extreme suppression and victimisation in the past 10 years of the SAD-BJP misrule, the Punjab government on Wednesday doubled the quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in educational institutions from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.
In addition to this, the quota for members of backward classes has also been increased in technical and professional institutions in Punjab.
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According to reports, this increase comes into effect immediately as the Welfare Department has already issued a notification in this regard.
Further, as reported by PTI, this decision will not impact on the quota for Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes, which is currently 25 per cent.
Congress election manifesto:
Moreover, in the recent election manifesto, the Congress party had promised several measures to uplift OBCs and Dalits, including increasing their quota in educational institutions and jobs.
ST, SC reservation:
Furthermore, in 1964, the Punjab government announced 20 per cent reservation and 2 per cent seats for the members of scheduled castes/scheduled tribes and backward classes in education, technical and professional institutions.
However, these norms were revised in 1974, when the state government enhanced the quota by 5 per cent, taking it to 25 per cent in case of members of scheduled castes and to 5 per cent in case of members of backward classes.
source”times of india”