Delhi govt raises quota for OBCs in institutions

Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 18:48

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday increased the reservation quota for OBCs in educational
institutes run by it to 21 per cent from the current 15 per
cent.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided
over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

To ensure that increase in reservation for OBCs does
not affect general category students, the government has
decided to enhance the number of seats in each discipline by
12 per cent.

Dikshit said the increase in reservation for OBC
students will not at all affect students belonging to other
communities.

She said pending a final decision by the Union Home
Ministry on the issue of reservation of seats for OBCs in
educational institutions, the city government decided to
increase the current reservation of 15 per cent.

With increase in reservation for OBCs, the combined
reservation of seats including SCs and STs in government-run
educational institutions have gone up to 39 per cent in Delhi.

The reservation for SCs in Delhi is 17 per cent
against 15 per cent in other states. Only one per cent
seats are reserved for STs.

As there is no ST population in Delhi, the city
government had written to the Union Home Ministry last year to
allow it to abolish the reservation quota for STs.

"Our government is committed to safeguard the
interests of all the communities," Dikshit said.

The Cabinet also decided to allow existing higher
educational institutions situated in Lal-dora, extended
Lal-dora and other non-conforming areas to continue for the
academic year 2011-12.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 18:48

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