Ahead of the General elections this year, the government has announced reservation in jobs for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year, sources said. That means the benefits would be extended to those whose family income is under Rs 8 lakh per annum.

With this constitutional amendment, now the reservation would stand at 60%.

A constitutional amendment bill will be moved in the parliament to this effect.

The Supreme Court has capped at 50% the quota for caste-based reservation for government jobs.

TN alone has 69% reservation as of now, with the increase through a constitutional amendment, reservation quota in TN would stand at 79%

Criteria for the economically backward section:

1) Annual income below 8 lakhs

2) Agricultural land below 5 hectare

3) Residential below 1000 sq ft.

4) Residential plot below 109 yards in a notified municipality.

5) Residential plot below 209 yards in non-notified municipality area

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