Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a relaxation in the age limit of government jobs to the poor upper castes of the state. Under this, the youth of the EWS (Economically Weaker) category will get an exemption of 5 to 10 years in the maximum age limit on the lines of SC-ST and OBC in government jobs.
The decision was approved in a cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday just before the by-election for three seats in the state. After this decision of the cabinet, candidates who have crossed the age limit prescribed in the service rules for appointment in government jobs. They too will get age relaxation like the candidates of other reserved classes.
Male candidates of EWS (Economically Weaker Section) will be given 5 years relaxation in the maximum age limit and 10 years for female candidates like other reserved classes. Till now the EWS category had reservations in government service, but there was no relaxation in the maximum age limit. In the budget, the Chief Minister had announced a relaxation of the maximum age limit in government jobs to the youth of the EWS category.
The dates of competitive examinations have been extended for giving exemption. The government has extended the dates of many examinations to give the benefit of relaxation of increased age limit to the poor upper caste youth in the process of recruitment. It has been decided to extend the REIT examination from 25 April to 20 June. The youth of the EWS category will be given a chance to reapply in REIT. Similarly, Lecturer Recruitment, Patwari Recruitment Examination has also been extended.
Minister Khachariwas said - The Central Government should also give exemption to EWS
Transport Minister Pratapsinga Khachariwas said that the benefit of this decision of the Rajasthan Government will be given to thousands of youth who were losing their eligibility for government jobs due to being over-aged. Our demand is that now the Central Government, like the Government of Rajasthan, should also give relaxation in the maximum age limit in the recruitment of central services.
Young people belonging to all upper castes whose annual family income is up to Rs 8 lakh or less are eligible for reservation in the EWS category in government jobs and educational institutions.