Supreme Court upholds 10% reservation for economically weaker sections: ‘Not a violation of the Constitution’:

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NewDelhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the 103rd Constitutional Amendment providing 10% quota for unreserved categories for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

Beneficiaries can avail quota for admission in government as well as private, unaided institutions and government jobs.
A five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi and JB Pardiwala delivered the verdict in a 3-2 verdict. Admittedly, the provisions of the relevant amendment are not violative of the Constitution.

At the outset, Chief Justice U U Lalit said there are four separate judgments on the petitions challenging the EWS quota.
Reading out the judgment, Justice Maheshwari observed that the 103rd Constitutional Amendment is valid and does not violate the basic structure of the Constitution.

Justice Trivedi said the reservation policy needs to be reconsidered and there should be a time limit. While upholding the amendment, Justice Pardiwala said that reservation cannot go on indefinitely and agreed with Justice Trivedi on the need to re-examine the reservation policy.

Justice Bhatt, however, disagreed with the majority decision and held that it was discriminatory to deprive the poor from the SCs/STS/OBCs from availing the benefits of reservation under the EWS category.
CJI UU Lalit, who spoke last, also disagreed with the majority decision, agreeing with Justice Bhatt.

The 103rd Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament in January 2019.

The BJP hailed the Supreme Court’s decision and said it was a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his “mission” of providing social justice to the country’s poor

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