Status: As per the latest data available, 217 people availed of the benefits of the economically weaker sections (EWS) reservation in the government services in the first two years. Further, out of 4.3 crore students enrolled in higher education institutions, 6.5 lakh students are from the EWS. Additionally, the government passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers Cadre) Bill in July 2019 to provide reservations to EWS in teachers’ recruitment. Consequently, the HRD Ministry is adding 2.14 lakh seats in 158 Central Educational Institutions. Over 300 faculty positions in central universities were from the EWS by January 2024. i ii iii iv v vi