January 21: Madras High Court while hearing a plea challenging 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section in general category issued a notice to Central government and sought reply before February 18, 2019.
The Court was hearing Writ Petition filed by DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi challenging the government's decision alleging that the "reservations are not poverty alleviation programmes but are more in the nature of social justice to uplift communities which have not had access to education or employment for centuries."
The issue pertains to recently passed 10 per cent reservation, "The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019," for economically backward upper castes in government jobs and education including those who are earning less than Rs. 8 lakh per year.
In Tamil Nadu, the 10 per cent reservation is opposed by both, the ruling AIADMK as well as by the opposition DMK as the state is already providing reservation exceeding the fixed cap. The TamilNadu state currently grants 69 per cent quota and the recent amendments will give a rise to reservation up to 79% which is unconstitutional and much higher than the fixed cap of reservation by the Supreme Court.
Earlier to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, NGO Youth for Equality, which works as an anti-reservation organisation, already approached the Supreme Court against the bill on the following day the Parliament passed it and sought quashing of it claiming that it is against the principles laid down by the Supreme Court pertaining to the matter of reservation.