10 per cent Quota Bill for economically weak in general category challenged in Supreme Court

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 January 2019, 04:33 PM
The plea against 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker section in general category was filed in Supreme Court on Thursday (File Photo)
The plea against 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker section in general category was filed in Supreme Court on Thursday (File Photo)

A day after Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically backward section in the general category was passed by the Rajya Sabha, a petition has been filed against it in the Supreme Court. The petition, moved by an anti-reservation organisation on Thursday, seeks a stay on the constitution amendment. 

"A petition filed by Youth for Equality in the Supreme Court challenging The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill, 2019 that gives 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker section of general category," reports ANI.

The petition, filed by Youth For Equality organisation and Kaushal Kant Mishra, said that 10 per cent Quota Bill violates basic feature 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. It sought the quashing of the bill saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.

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Earlier, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with 323 votes in favour and 3 votes in against on Tuesday and the following day in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill got 165 votes in favour and 7 against in the Upper House of the Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the passage of The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament a victory for social justice. He said the Bill will ensure a wider canvas for our youths to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation.

First Published: Thursday, January 10, 2019 03:50 PM
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