10 per cent quota to EWS: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

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New Delhi, Jan 25: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the central government on pleas challenging the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 that gives 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker section of the general category.

A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi also refused to stay implementation of 10 per cent reservation.

“We will examine the issue”, the Court said.

The apex court to hear the matter in four weeks.

The pleas were filed by NGO Youth for Equality and Kaushal Kant Mishra.

It states that the bill violates prime feature of the Constitution as a reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the people belonging to general categories and the 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

President Ram Nath Kovind on January 12 approved the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019.

The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution to provide quota to the general category people with a family income of up to Rs 8 lakh per anum.

The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha during winter session of Parliament.

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