January 18: An another Petition against the recently introduced constitutional amendment providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the Economically Weaker Sections in the general category has been filed in the Madras High Court today.
As per the facts, this time the Writ Petition is filed by R S Bharathi, DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) organising secretary who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, alleging that "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 the 10 per cent reservation, passed by both houses of the Parliament and also accorded assent by the President. The reservation however, will exceed the existing cap of 50 per cent reservation secured for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes and is likely to take the total reservation up to 60 per cent, which would be against the mandated cap of 50 per cent as fixed by the Supreme Court in the case of Indra Sawhney.
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.
Earlier to this, NGO "Youth For Equality" has already approached the Supreme Court, against the Bill alleging that the approved 10% reservation to economic weaker section was liable to be quashed as it is against the principles laid down by the Supreme Court pertaining to the matter of reservation.
Recently passed 10 per cent reservation will provide reservation to economically backward upper castes in government jobs and education. It also includes those who are earning less than Rs. 8 lakh per year. Furthermore, the reservation will also facilitate in admissions in higher educational institutions. The approval also makes eligible those, who have agricultural land below five acres and for availing the quota a residential house should be below 1000 square feet, whereas, the residential plot should be below 100 yards in the notified municipality and below 200 yards in a non-notified municipality.