10 per cent quota Bill challenged in Apex court

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 10, 2019

Reservation cannot be given solely on economic basis, says petitioner

A plea challenging the Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education was on Thursday filed in the Supreme Court.

Who filed petition?

The petition, filed by Youth For Equality organisation and Kaushal Kant Mishra, sought the quashing of the Bill, saying the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.

The plea said the Bill violates the basic structure of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Bill with 165 votes in its favour and 7 against on Wednesday, a day after the Lok Sabha had approved the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Bill was approved after the House rejected five amendments moved by Opposition members.

50 per cent cap

The quota will exceed the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Published on January 10, 2019

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