1989 Former Prime Minister V P Singh announces implementation of Mandal recommendations in government jobs. It met with widespread resistance.india Updated: May 03, 2006 16:11 IST
1932 In Poona Pact, 148 of the general electoral seats were reserved for depressed classes.
1950 Constitutional Provisions required reservation of seats in legislatures for both SC and ST. Amendment in 1951 enabled states to reserve seats for SC/ ST in educational institutions.
1953 Backward Classes Commission set up under Kaka Kalelkar to identify OBCs. Its 1955 report failed to make a major impact.
1963 The Supreme Court ruled that total reservation couldn’t exceed 50 per cent
1978 Mandal Commission set up to consider quota for disadvantaged castes. It proposed reserving 27% seats for OBCs
1989 Former Prime Minister V P Singh announces implementation of Mandal recommendations in government jobs. It met with widespread resistance.
1992 Apex Court upheld 27% reservation for OBCs subject to exclusion of creamy layer. Proposal accepted in 1993.
2006 HRD ministry proposes to raise reservation in education institutions to 49.5%. Manmohan Singh talks about affirmative action in private sector.