- Jun 3, 2005
Its almost amusing how the govt redefined economic backwardness for the upper castes. For SC/STs, the govt definition of an economic backward family is income of less than 50,000 per anum. Percentile wise, income above that means that you are in the richest 41.7% and 58.3% of the population is poorer than you. For this new reservation scheme for upper caste OC category, economic backwardness is defined as income of less than 8,00,000 per anum. Percentile wise, income above that means that you are in the richest 0.17% of the population 99.83% are poorer. 8,00,000 per anum is typically middle class income and I am not sure someone with 8,00,000 income had dire need of reservations. This probably even means that the govt found based on statistics that there might not be sufficient people to qualify and fill the 10% forward castes quota with a lower income limit than that. To be honest, they might as well have removed the income limit all together since this is hardly about economic backwardness as it is about appeasement of middle class forward castes. If it had been about economic condition, then it should have been made just on economic condition alone while ignoring caste category, but they know that if income alone becomes the criteria, then it would probably just turn into another reservation for SC/BC categories.