The Rajasthan Assembly has passed a bill which states an increment in reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) to 26 per cent which initially was at 21 per cent. The reservation in Rajasthan now stands at 54% which confronts the set ceiling of 50% fixed by the Supreme Court. The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, aims to provide 5 per cent reservation to Banjara, Baldiya, Labana; Gadiya Lohar, Gadoliya; Gujar, Gurjar; Raika, Rebari, Debasi and Gadariya, Gadri, Gayari.
Last year, the Rajasthan High Court cancelled 5 per cent reservation for these castes provided through The Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Act, 2015, highlighting the flaws in the government’s process of granting reservations. With the effect from 2015 SBC Act, Government has shifted the five castes from OBC category to Special Backward Classes Category.
- However, the Act was repressed and the Government again shifted them back to the OBC Category on May 19 this year.