Gujarat HC Quashes 10% Quota for Economically Backward Classes [ Current Affairs - Policies & Governance ]
The Gujarat High Court quashes 10% quota for economically backward classes among the unreserved category. Such quota is not a classification, as claimed by the government but it is indeed reservation.
- State government gave the reservation to EBCs without any study or scientific data.
- Court also observed that 10 percent reservation for poor among the unreserved category takes the total quota beyond 50 percent.
- Court has declared Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services in the State) Ordinance, 2016 unauthorized.
- Government had provided 10 percent quota for EBCs in higher educational institutions and government jobs.
- Reservation of 10 percent seats of candidates belonging to the unreserved category with family income limit of Rs 6 lakh annually in government jobs and educational institutions.
- 10 per cent additional reservation reduced the number of seats in educational institutions.
- Gujarat Government had announced in May 2016, to implement 10 percent quota in admission for students which are belonging to EBCs with effect from the academic year 2016-17.
- Government told the court that the reservation is actually a further classification in the general, open, unreserved category.
- It does not disturb any Supreme Court order or Constitutional provisions.
- Published on: August 5, 2016