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HC rejects reservation for Gujarat higher castes

State Govt had declared the 10 pc quota for economically weaker sections among higher castes

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 4 2016 2:34PM | Updated Date: Aug 4 2016 2:34PM

HC rejects reservation for Gujarat higher castes

 The Gujarat High Court has  rejected state government's decision to provide for 10 per cent quota to the economically weaker sections among the higher castes.

 
It was hearing a public interest litigation challenging the May 1 decision to provide quota for non-reserved categories on economic grounds, arguing that it violated the spirit of the constitution to treat everyone equally.
 
State government had argued that it had provided for the quota on economic basis without disturbing the 50 per cent reservation cap imposed by the Supreme Court.
 
It had declared the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections among higher castes with an annual income of Rs 6 lakh. 
 
This followed the 10-month agitation by the Patidar community demanding reservations in jobs under the OBC category.