Perspective: Defining EWS | 09 December, 2021

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Defining EWS. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has recently appointed a three-member committee to revisit the criteria for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in educational institutions and government jobs. This came after Supreme Court’s observations while hearing petitions challenging the government notice issued in July which provides for 10% EWS quota in NEET admissions. According to a memorandum issued by the union government on EWS quota only those persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs and whose family has gross annual income below 8.00 lakh rupees are to be identified as EWSs for benefit of reservation. This Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc. Persons whose families own landholdings of a certain size such as at least five acres of agricultural land, or a residential flat of at least 1,000 sq. feet are excluded from the purview of this reservation.

1. Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, Former Judge Supreme Court
2. Prof. Charan Singh, CEO, EGROW Foundation
3. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consulting Editor, The Business Standard

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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