Reservation For General Category: Two important matters are to be heard in the Supreme Court today and all eyes will be on these matters. It has been told that the hearing will continue in the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on the petitions filed against the reservation to the poor of the general category. In the matter, more than 30 petitioners, including the NGO Janhit Abhiyan, have moved the court. In these petitions, amendments to Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution have been challenged. The violation of the limit of reservation up to 50 percent fixed by the Supreme Court has also been cited by the petitioners in this.
This matter is pending since 2019
On 5 August 2019, the Supreme Court handed over the petitions filed against the 10 percent reservation to the poor of the general category to the Constitution Bench. In this case, more than 30 petitioners, including NGO Janhit Abhiyan, moved the court. In these petitions, amendments to Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution have been challenged. Violation of the limit of reservation up to 50 percent fixed by the Supreme Court has also been cited. It has been said in these petitions that reservation on economic grounds is unconstitutional. The government made a law of reservation without collecting the necessary data. The Supreme Court had given a decision to limit the reservation to 50 percent, through this provision it has also been violated.
This is the argument of the central government
In January 2019, by passing the 103rd Constitutional Amendment resolution in Parliament, the Central Government had made a system of 10 percent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker general category people. In the earlier hearing in the case, the Central Government had defended this reservation by saying that :-
- Keeping the limit of 50 percent of the total reservation is not a constitutional provision, it is only a decision of the Supreme Court.
- There is 68 percent reservation in Tamil Nadu. This was approved by the High Court. Even the Supreme Court did not stay.
- Necessary amendments were made in Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution before making the law of reservation.
- This system is necessary to provide equality status to the economically weaker sections.
Hearing on political appointments in Haj Committee
The petition filed against the political appointments in the Haj Committee will also be heard in the Supreme Court today. It has been said in the petition that according to the Haj Committee Act, experts of Islam have to be kept in the central and state committees, but instead the government appoints people of their choice there.
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