Jat quota: Haryana notifies criteria for ‘creamy layer’

Jat quota: Haryana notifies criteria for ‘creamy layer’

New Delhi: The Haryana government on Wednesday notified the criteria for the exclusion of the “creamy layer” within the Backward Classes category as per the schedule appended to the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institution) Act, 2016.

Announcing this here, a Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department spokesman said the children of those who have a gross annual income of up to Rs three lakh would get the first preference as far as the benefits of reservation in services and admission in educational institutions are concerned.

The remaining quota seats would go to those in the Backward Classes category who earn between Rs three lakh and Rs six lakh per annum, he said.

Those with an annual income of above Rs six lakh would be considered the “creamy layer” under section 5 of the Act, the spokesman added.

The Haryana government had granted a 10-per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutions in the state to Jats and five other communities by carving out the Backward Class ‘C’ category following protests in February.

However, it was stayed in May by the Punjab and Haryana High Court which had given the Haryana government time till August 24 to issue a notification taking out the ‘creamy layer’ from the quota granted to the six communities.