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Reservations about quotas

They can be self-defeating in the new economic paradigm

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Reservation quota | Quota | Supreme Court

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



The decision to review its landmark 1992 judgment on job quotas, known as the Indra Sawhney case, could be a key opportunity to revisit the assumptions on which reservations are based. This review is to be part of a challenge to a Maharashtra law providing quotas for the Marathas in and admissions to educational institutions. The quotas will breach the 50 per cent ceiling originally set by the . This is an important review because it will determine whether the states have the powers to determine socially and economically backward castes — the Constitution vests the powers to notify backward classes in the president — for job reservations and whether the 50 per cent can be breached.

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First Published: Tue, March 09 2021. 23:28 IST

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