February 4, 2023 2:43 pm

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Supreme Court Upholds 10% EWS Quota 

With a majority of 3:2 ratio, the supreme court passed the verdict in favour of the EWS quota.

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Supreme Court in its judgement today upheld the 10% quota for Economically Weaker Sections from unreserved categories in government jobs and admission in educational institutions.

What Happened?

  • Supreme Court has upheld 10% EWS Quota under 103rd Constitution amendment.
  • With a majority of 3:2 ratio, the supreme court passed the verdict in favour of the EWS quota.
  • Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Bela Trivedi, and JB Pardiwala backed the EWS quota.
  • CJI UU Lalit and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat however dissented from the majority opinion. 
  • Backing reservation, Justice Maheshwari said the amendment is valid and does not violate the basic structure of the Constitution 

What is EWS Reservation?

  • It provides 10% reservation to the economically weaker sections in government jobs and admission in educational institutions. 
  • Economic reservation in jobs and education was ensured by introducing clause (6) in articles 15 and 16 of the constitution.
  • According to Central govt., it will ensure social justice and will help in the upliftment of the economically weaker sections of society.
  • It was passed by the parliament in January 2019.
  • However, several petitions were filed against it in the court, citing ‘illegality’.

The decision of the Apex Court is certainly a big win for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Social Justice Mission or what he loves to term ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

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