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. President Ram Nath Kovind gives nod to 10% quota bill for economically weaker section in general category. pic.twitter.comPDvx3OD58u— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2019×The bill was passed this week by both houses of parliament by large majorities. All it required after that was the presidents 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.