Saturday, December 8, 2018

SC: Quota can’t exceeed 50%; Telangana withdraws plea

Telangana withdrew its plea to increase reservation quota for Backward Classes (BCs), SCs and STs in panchayati raj and other local bodies after Supreme Court on 7/12/18 refused to allow the state to enhance the quota beyond 50%.
The state had sought permission for 34% reservations for BCs, 24% to SCs and 9% to STs in the ensuing sarpanch elections as well as in all other panchayati raj and local body elections, taking the total quota proportion to 67%.
Telangana’s contention was that such a permission was essential as the population of BCs, SCs and STs is higher in Telangana.
The SC bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice KM Joseph told the Telangana counsel that under no circumstances can the state cross the 50% upper cap fixed earlier by the apex court. Telangana then withdrew its plea seeking permission for quota enhancement.
It may be recalled that the Hyderabad high court had earlier made it clear that all quotas put together cannot exceed 50% as per the judgement of the Supreme Court.
With this, the state will have no other option but to put pressure on the Centre to bring in a legislation that allows the Centre and states to increase quotas.

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