Supreme Court rejects Centre’s review against scrapping quota for Jats [ Current Affairs ]

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Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the review appeals filed by the Union Government and Jat Organisations seeking OBC status to the Jat community. Jat Mahasabha or All India Jat Mahasabha is the premier organization of Jats in India which aim is to raise awareness about the social and economic problems faced by Jats.

  1. The Union Government or Central Government was established by the Constitution of India and is a union of 29 states and 7 union regions together known as Republic of India.
  2. The Supreme Court of India, the highest judicial forum is cover under the Constitution of India. It is the final court of appeal, the highest constitutional court, with the power of constitutional review.
  3. Union Government and Jat Organisations had filed appeal in SC looking for renewal of apex court’s previous judgment which had declared OBC status to Jat community is undemocratic.

Government of India’s March 2014 notification to include Jats in the central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states, the Supreme Court ruled on 20th July that “caste” and “historical injustice” cannot blind a state in according backward status to a community. It also mentioned that new groups like transgender that come up must be identified for quota benefits.

NCBC Report: Earlier to granting reservation status, National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) explained that government has to grant OBC status to Jats and mentioned that community is not socially and educationally backward, but it is entitled to a share in 27% OBC quota in jobs and admission to educational institutions. It also mentioned that Jat community is sufficiently represented in armed forces, government services and educational institutions.

SC Ruling: In March 2015, SC had hit down this controversial decision of Union Government by declaring it unconstitutional and had termed it as a reflection of negative and declining governance. Later, NDA government also defended the UPA’s ( United Progressive Alliance is association of Centre-left political parties in India which is formed after the 2004 general election ) decision in the Supreme Court.

- Published on: July 24, 2015