10 % poor reservation bill challenged in SC

A day after both the houses of Parliament passed the bill providing 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education, it was challenged today in Supreme Court.

A petition challenging the bill was filed by Youth for Equality and Kaushal Kant Mishra, seeking to quash the bill saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.

The plea said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as a reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.

The Rajya Sabha passed it with 165 voting in its favor and 7 against, last night, while the Lok Sabha had approved The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, on the previous day.

The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

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