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Economically well-off from among backwards doesn’t deserve reservation, says EBC Commission chairman

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PATNA: The chairman of Extremely Backward Class Commission Ratan Kumar Mandal has created a controversy by advising the economically well-off people among this community to give up benefits of reservation.

“The economically well-off people among the backward community need not avail the benefits of reservation. This best suits to the persons who are both financially and economically weaker,” Mandal told the media yesterday.

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He also suggested the ‘developed’ sections among the backward community to give up benefits of government subsidy, and leave it for those who really deserve it.

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He alleged only 22 castes from among the total 837 extremely backward castes are currently availing the maximum benefits of reservation, and urged the President and the Prime Minister to interfere into the matter.

Further, he demanded a separate 18 percent reservation for extremely backward castes in accordance with their population.

The reaction comes in the backdrop of the ruling BJP government in Gujarat announcing a 10 percent reservation for the economically backward among upper castes, which include Patidars, with a family income cap of Rs 6 lakh (Rs 0.6 million) a year to avail the benefit.

Mandal’s move has drawn strong protests from various quarters, including his own party, the JD-U, the RJD and the Congress. All are partners in the Nitish Kumar government.

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