Revisit 50% reservation ceiling, student body urges SC

A demand was raised by student organisation Fraternity Movement, that the Supreme Court of India should revisit 50% reservation limit and implement population based proportionate reservation.

On Wednesday, the apex court, while quashing the Maharashtra law to provide reservation for Marathas, held that there shall be a cap of 50% on reservation as laid down in the 1992 Indra Sawhney case.

“In order to achieve a just and equitable society, the current reservation pattern on the basis of social backwardness must be reinvigorated to proportionate representation. The representation and participation of different backward communities in employment and education sectors are still far below their respective population,” read the statement issued by the student organisation.

In the light of various commission reports and statistical data, Fraternity Movement urged government to implement population based proportionate reservation.

Fraternity Movement is a student body associated with the Welfare Party of India.

“There emerges a need to revisit the dictum in Indra Sawheny judgment imposing a 50% ceiling on reservations. The majority decision on 102th amendment also must be revisited as it limits the scope of federal state system in deciding the backwardness of communities,” it demanded.

The student body also appealed to speed up the hearing on 10% economic reservation (EWS reservation) with thorough study of its far consequences over total affirmative action.

“The unconstitutional amendment enabling EWS reservation and implementation of the same is against the interest of social justice due to its bogus allocation of quota as well as the lack of empirical statistics on defining economic backwardness,” read the statement.