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.

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  • 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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Background Detail:

  • 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