NEW DELHI: The cabinet on Thursday approved 4.5 per cent quota for minorities within the larger 27 per cent quota for the other backward classes in central government jobs and educational institutions, informed sources said.
The cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, cleared the proposal ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and four other states.
"The cabinet has approved the carving out of a sub-quota of 4.5 per cent for minorities, as defined under section 2 (C) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 from within the 27 per cent reservation for OBC," the sources said.
"The castes/communities of the said minorities, which are included in the central list of OBCs notified state-wise from time to time by the ministry of social justice and empowerment shall be covered by this sub-quota," they said.
It will come into effect from January 1, 2012.
The proposal was based on a recommendation of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) are notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the Act.
The sub-quota will be notified by an executive order, to be issued on Thursday night itself.
Sources said the decision was unanimous, though the Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) was not present in the meeting.
On the other hand, the BJP on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Uttar Pradesh Governor, Mr B L Joshi, opposing the Centre’s decision to grant reservation for backward Muslims under OBC quota.
A party delegation met the Governor and submitted the memorandum against the quota for backward Muslims within 27 per cent quota for OBCs, a press release issued by BJP in Lucknow said.
"Backward Muslims are already covered under 27 per cent quota for backwards and fixing separate quota on the basis of religion is against the Constitution," the memorandum said.