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President Kovind signs off on bill providing 10% quota for poor among upper castes, it is now law

President Ramnath Kovind. (File Photo) Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2019, 07.17 PM (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed off on the bill providing for a 10% quota for the poor among the upper castes, thereby making it law. 

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The bill was passed this week by both houses of parliament by large majorities. All it required after that was the president's assent. 

The bill provides for a 10% quota in government jobs and educational institutions for the poor among the general quota. 

The quota can be availed by people whose incomes are less than Rs 8 lakh an annum and who own less than five acres of land. 

The bill however, coming as it does only a few months before the general elections, has been criticised as a cynical election sop.