Equating Social Inclusion With Income Inequality: A Note on the Recent Reservation Policy in Kerala

JOURNAL OF PARLIAMENTARY STUDIES, JANUARY-JUNE 2018 P. 74-86

12 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2021

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Siddik Rabiyath

Department of Economics, University of Kerala; CESP, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Date Written: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Abstract

Retaining of a hierarchical social order looms over the discussion on representation in all walks of life. Caste based reservation in India emerged in this backdrop as a panacea for social oppression and hierarchy; whereas the income-based reservation argument is a product of bridging economic inequality by keeping the view of class divisions. The LDF government of Kerala in its cabinet decision on November 15th 2017 brought a new recruitment policy in Devaswom Board – increasing the community-based reservation from 32 to 40 percent and an additional income based reservation to economically poorer Hindus belonging to forward communities. The current note is an examination of the rationale of bringing income based reservation over the caste based reservation; and in what way the policy is (in)compatible to address the intra community disparity with reference to government employment.

Keywords: Reservation, Devaswom Board, LDF Government, Kerala PSC

JEL Classification: J62, J68, J78, I38, Z12, Z13, Z18

Suggested Citation

Rabiyath, Siddik, Equating Social Inclusion With Income Inequality: A Note on the Recent Reservation Policy in Kerala (NOVEMBER 28, 2017). JOURNAL OF PARLIAMENTARY STUDIES, JANUARY-JUNE 2018 P. 74-86, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3721607 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3721607

Siddik Rabiyath (Contact Author)

Department of Economics, University of Kerala ( email )

Kariavattom
Trivandrum, KS Kerala 695581
India

HOME PAGE: http://www.keralauniversity.ac.in/economics/faculty_details.html?id=227

CESP, Jawaharlal Nehru University ( email )

New Delhi
India

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