Don't hold 10% quota for economically weak, will examine validity: Supreme Court

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 25, 2019, 11:40 AM(IST)

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The apex court on Friday issued a notice to Central government on pleas challenging the constitutional amendment that gives 10 per cent reservation to  economically weaker section of the general category.

The Supreme Court of India on Friday said it will examine the validity of the 10 per cent quota for the economically weak section of the general category.

The apex court has issued a notice to the Central government on pleas challenging the constitutional amendment that gives 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker section of the general category. 

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The top court refused to stay implementation of 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker section of general category and stated that it will examine the issue, news agency ANI reported. The Court will hear the matter in four weeks. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier this month, said the bill to give 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to the general category poor will boost the "self-confidence of new India", asserting that existing quota policy for SCs, STs and OBCs is as strong as it was and will remain so.

"This will further boost the confidence of new India," he said, adding that it will give a new dimension to the aspirations of the general category poor who were not getting equal opportunity.

"The general category poor cannot be neglected," he said.

The number of seats in educational institutions will also be increased by 10 per cent, he said. It is done to ensure that the increased quota does not eat into the share of those from the unreserved category, news agency PTI reported. 

Parliament passed the constitution amendment bill in the Winter Session, with the Modi government meeting a key demand of upper castes. 

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