Reservations: Supreme Court Agrees To Examine Government’s 10% Quota Bill
Pedestrians walk past stores at a wholesale market in the Old Delhi area of Delhi. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Reservations: Supreme Court Agrees To Examine Government’s 10% Quota Bill


The Supreme Court decided to examine the central government’s decision to grant 10 percent reservation in jobs and education to poor candidates belonging to general category.

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 granting 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 central government’s decision granting quota to the poor in the general category.

Also read: Reservations: 10% Quota Bill Challenged In Supreme Court

The Narendra Modi government has come out with the constitutional amendment bill—giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates—months ahead of the general election scheduled in May.

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

Also read: Will Modi’s Double-Edged Quota Gamble Reap Electoral Gains?

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