`Economically weak general category people to get reservation`

Last Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 00:52

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said people belonging to general category, but are economically weaker, will get the benefit of reservation.

"Brahmins, Rajputs, Khatris, Punjabis and Mahajans will get the benefit of reservation being given to people belonging to weaker sections of the state," he said in the Assembly.

Hooda said this in reply to an issue raised by Congress MLA Venod Sharma regarding reservations being given to economically backward sections of Haryana.

Venod Sharma, during the Zero Hour, had raised the question that no clear instructions have been issued regarding castes included for reservation benefit of financially weaker sections of the society.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala told the Assembly that Haryana Backward Classes Commission has recommended atleast ten per cent reservation to the financially weaker people belonging to general category in its fourth report submitted to the government on December 12, 2012.

He said that the benefit of reservation would only be given to financially weaker sections of general category as people belonging to Scheduled Castes, backward classes and special backward classes are already getting benefit of reservation.

Clear directions have been issued in this regard and the matter would be more clarified if needed, he added.

On the directions of Hooda, a six-member sub committee of cabinet ministers was constituted under the chairmanship of Haryana Finance Minister H S Chattha which fixed the criterion for reservation of financially weaker candidates of general category.

The sub committee had given its report on January 22, 2013 which was approved by Council of Ministers on January 23, 2013.

Haryana Department of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare is taking action on the decision of council of Ministers.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 00:52

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