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Govt to develop hostel for EBC students, to lure forward caste

"These hostels are proposed at various districts to provide affordable boarding and lodging to students from financially weak families," social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi told DNA.

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Govt to develop hostel for EBC students, to lure forward caste
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Arun Chaturvedi
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The social justice and empowerment department has proposed to establish hostel facilities for students of Economically Backward Class (EBC). In the initial phase, 16 such hostels have been planned across the state, A proposal for these have also been forwarded to concerned departments.

"These hostels are proposed at various districts to provide affordable boarding and lodging to students from financially weak families," social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi told DNA.

The department has already received land sanction for college level EBC hostel at Sanganer, Jaipur, land acquisition for hostels at other district is also in process. Each of these hostels is expected to have housing capacity for 50 students and will have facilities similar to those extended to hostels of reserved castes managed by Social Justice and Empowerment Department. These hostels will especially be a support for poor students travelling from remote villages to major cities for pursuing higher education.

Extending favours at educational level, the state government has been attempting to placate anguish of the forward castes over non implementation of assured EBC reservations. The establishment is in line with the budget announcements made by chief minister Vasundhara Raje earlier this year for EBC students.

The state government in year 2015 had tabled a bill for 14 percent reservation at educational institutes and services under state government for the members of forward caste to fall under Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. The provisions of the bill are still to be implemented.

Rajasthan state Social Justice and Empowerment Department had initiated a survey of the economically backward families only few months ago for proposing a suitable module to extend reservation benefits to poor sections of the non-reserved castes. The survey remains in process and meanwhile the anguish of forward caste organisation has been rising.

Implementation of the 'reservation' though also faces several obstacles as the government has announced to implement the reservation without deducting the existing quota of SC, ST and OBC categories. The OBC quota infact is proposed to be further raised by 6 per cent and thus including the proposed EBC quota the cummilative reservation quota in the state will increase to 68 per cent, far above the 50 per cent ceiling imposed by the Supreme Court.

Land sanctions

The department has received land sanction for EBC hostel at Sanganer, Jaipur, land acquisition for hostels at other district is also in process.  
Each is expected to have housing capacity for 50 students.

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