Survey will be conducted to find out Economically Weaker Sections: CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that the reservation granted for the Economically Weaker Sections in the forward communities will continue. The CM added that there would be no change in the existing reservation system and a survey would be conducted to find out the financially backward families belonging to the forward class.

The CM stated that the decision to provide reservation to EWS category was made considering the financial conditions rather than caste reservations.

“Some people have tried to create controversy over the 10 percent reservation granted for the backward section among the forward class. The government is trying to unite the poor from all walks of life. Blaming each other will only result in a division within the communities,” he told in a press meet.

"A section of the unreserved category is extremely poor. They do not get any reservation benefits. This led to the demand for 10 percent reservations. About 50 percent of reservation in the state is for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes. Now, 10 percent is allotted from the remaining 50 unreserved categories for the poorest of the poor. Meantime, 50 percent given to the reserved category will remain the same," he added.

"Those who are trying to divide the people by making the reservation as a major issue are trying to divert attention from the real problems," the chief minister stated.

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