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Supreme Court stamps on 10% EWS quota, for colleges and government jobs

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has given a decision to continue the system of 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) quota.

The EWS quota is not discriminatory and does not alter the basic structure of the constitution, said the majority Supreme Court judgment.

The quota bypassed affirmative action that benefits communities traditionally marginalised in Indian society, like the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit ruled in favor of the EWS quota with a majority and held that the 103rd Constitutional Amendment is valid.

This provision of reservation has been made for the poor students of general category by making 103rd amendment in the Constitution of India.

The court had reserved its verdict on September 27 after hearing more than 30 petitions challenging the validity of the EWS quota. A five-member constitution bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit was hearing the matter.

In 2019, just before the last Lok Sabha elections, the central government had implemented this system and for this the 103rd amendment was made in the constitution. The EWS quota implemented in 2019 was challenged in the court by several petitioners including Tamil Nadu’s ruling party DMK, calling it against the Constitution.

After this, the Constitution Bench was constituted in 2022 and on 13 September, the Constitution Bench of Chief Justice UU Lalit, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Ravindra Bhatt, Justice Bela M Trivedi and Justice JB Padarwala started hearing and reserved its decision on 27 September. .

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