Supreme Court to examine validity of 10% general quota

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Supreme Court to examine validity of 10 pc reservation to poor candidates belonging to general

New Delhi:MNN:Supreme Court Friday decided to examine the Centre’s decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and education to poor candidates belonging to general category.

Supreme Court today agreed to examine the validity of Constitutional Amendment bill that gives 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker section of the general category.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna has issued notice to the Centre on pleas challenging the validity of the bill.

An apex court batch of petitions challenging the decision, which takes the total quotas beyond the 50 per cent cap set by the Supreme Court.

Under the new law, those who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and have less than five acre land qualify for the quota.

The petitions say the top court’s Mandal Commission verdict in 1992 had “specifically stated that the economic criteria cannot be the sole basis for reservation under the Constitution.”

However, apex court refused to stay implementation of 10 per cent reservation.

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A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the central government on various petitions challenging the validity of the 103 Constitutional Amendment Act which paved the way for grant of quota to poor belonging to general category class.

“We are examining the matter and hence issuing notice returnable within four weeks,” the bench said.

The bench, however, did not stay the operation of the Centre’s decision granting quota to the poor in the general category.

In poll year, the Modi government had come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates.

The petitions were filed by parties including organisations like Janhit Abhiyan and Youth For Equality challenging the Centre’s decision.

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