SC scraps Jat quota, says community is not backward

UPA-II decision of March 2014 seen politically motivated

GN Bureau | March 17, 2015


#jat quota   #jat reservation   #supreme court   #upa   #other backward classes   #OBC  


The supreme court on Tuesday cancelled the previous government’s decision to grant reservations to the Jat community under the other backward classes (OBC) category. 

The apex court refused to consider the Jat community as backward and said that caste, though a prominent factor, cannot be the sole factor to determine the backwardness of a person.

“Possible wrong inclusion of a caste in the OBC list may not be the basis of further inclusion… Inclusion of a politically organized community may not be good for other backward classes,” said the bench led by justice Ranjan Gogoi. The court was hearing a batch of petitions some of which were in favour and while some were against the decision.

It may be noted that the UPA government announced reservations to the Jat community under the OBC category in nine states ahead of the general elections in 2014. The government notification included the community in the OBC list in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan (districts of Bharatpur and Dhaulpur), Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and extended reservation benefits to Jats in job and education.

This decision was challenged by several petitioners who contended that Jats were politically and socially advanced and the decision would further deteriorate the prospects of the deprived groups which actually deserve such benefits.

The move by UPA-II was seen as politically and electorally motivated and it was being speculated that the government wanted to improve its electoral performances in those nine states.

The Narendra Modi government also endorsed this move, terming it in public interest.

In 1997, the national commission for the backward classes (NCBC) rejected the request for inclusion of Jats in the central list of OBCs in nine states. Before the UPA decision, the Jat community was included in the central list of OBCs for the states of Gujarat (Jat Muslims) and Rajasthan (except in Bharatpur and Dhaulpur districts).

Comments

 

Other News

Business houses donated Rs 956.77 crore to political parties in 4 years

Business houses loosened their purse strings while making donations to political parties, showed an analysis carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).   Various sectors of business houses, between FY 2012-13 and 2015-16, donated a total of Rs 956.77 crore, cons

PPP model in metro rail may not be a good idea

The PPP model has been made mandatory in metro rail projects, but it has not been successful in at least three cities – Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.  The cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi approved a new Metro Rail Policy that m

India must have a cyber security framework: Deloitte

In absence of proper regulatory and supervisory capabilities, some regulators in Asia-Pacific region believe the next financial crisis might be triggered by a cyber attack, said a new report on cyber security. According to Deloitte`s ‘cyber regulation in Asia Pacific’ report, cyber at

Industrial performance has weakened: RBI panel

There is a need for speedier clearance of projects by states, RBI’s monetary policy committee said and added that there is an urgent need to reinvigorate private investment, remove infrastructure bottlenecks and provide a major thrust to the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for housing needs of all.

“Parents need to be taught that each child is special”

It has been a year since you took charge of the new ministry. What is your biggest worry as in charge of education in India? My first priority – and that reflects my worry as well – is to improve the quality of government schools. It’s a tough job. Unfortunately,

Should National List of Essential Medicines be expanded?

Should National List of Essential Medicines be expanded?



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter