How has reservation system been extended to other weaker sections?
- Initially, constituencies were reserved only for people belonging to SC and ST but later on, it was extended to other weaker sections at district and local level.
- In many states, seats in rural and urban local bodies are now reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) as well.
- However, the proportion of seats reserved varies from state to state. Similarly, one-third of the seats are reserved in rural and urban local bodies for women candidates.