India Passes Constitutional Amendment for New Quota
By 15 January 2019
Illustration of the Constitution (photo credit: Suvajit Dey)
The 10% quota for economically weaker sections faces a challenge in the Supreme Court on grounds of violating the ‘basic structure’ of Constitution. What is that structure, how does SC decide if it is violated? In the 124th Constitutional Amendment recently passed by both Houses of Parliament, providing for 10% reservation to economically weaker sections, the newly inserted Clause 6 in Article 16 enables the state to make such a provision. Because of this, the government is confident that the Supreme Court is unlikely to find such reservation unconstitutional and that the amendment will be upheld as consistent with the principle of equality and non-discrimination.
Read the full article here: The Indian Express