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With municipal corporation elections slated for April, Delhi government is making all possible attempts to woo voters. The government has increased reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from 21 per cent to 27 per cent in all government-run institutions. The six per cent increase will come into effect from the academic year 2012-13. In a cabinet meeting on Monday, 27th Feb, all cabinet ministers gave the proposal a go ahead. The government has fulfilled its commitment to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBC students. The decision will go a long way in imparting higher/ technical education to a large number of students coming from economically weaker sections of society, thereby providing them ample employment opportunities. It will benefit society at large, said chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
However, the government clarified that the increase in OBC quota will not have any effect on the seats reserved for the schedule castes or the general category. The number of admissions in each class in each discipline would be increased by 12 per cent to ensure that the seats available for general candidates are not reduced, she added. Following the decision, reserved seats for OBCs will increase in Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi Technical University, National Law University and other government-run institutions. The proposal was first mooted by the cabinet in 2008. The government had reserved 5 per cent seats for OBCs in 2009-10. The percentage was hiked to 15 per cent the next year and to 21 per cent in 2011-12. The Centre had decided to implement 27 % reservation for OBCs in 2009. The quota has already been implemented in all Central educational institutions in the city like Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Courtesy: Times of India
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