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OBC Reservation Bill: SC accepts Rajasthan Govt's submission

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Wednesday accepted submission is seeking increase in reservation quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and said that a cannot stop a legislative process, setting aside High Court's order.

The Apex also clarified that the state will not cross 50 percent of reservation until the writ is decided by High Court.

On November 9, the High Court ordered a stay on the state government's bill in this regard.

As per reports, a was filed in the court challenging the government's decision to raise the quota.

Earlier, the had passed a bill to raise the reservation for OBC from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.

With this, the total quota in the state for jobs and seats in educational institutes would have increased to 54 per cent - higher than the 50 per cent ceiling set by the Supreme Court.

The Rajasthan Backward Classes Bill provides 5 per cent reservation to Gujjars and four other communities. The other five casts include Gujjar/Gurjar, Banjara/Baldia/Labana, Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, Raika/Rebari and Gadaria.

In December 2016, the Rajasthan High Court had struck down the state's proposal to include these five under the Special Backward Class Reservation Act, 2015.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 19:22 IST