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Supreme Court rules the 10% EWS quota as constitutional

Supreme Court rules EWS quota as constitutional: The Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota was upheld as constitutionally acceptable by the Supreme Court, saying that it wasn’t discriminatory and didn’t change the fundamental framework of the constitution. The 103rd Constitutional Amendment, which provides 10% reservations for the lower stratum of the upper castes in educational institutions and government jobs, was decided upon by a bench presided over by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit.

Supreme Court rules EWS quota as constitutional: Key Points

  • After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now in power at the federal level, lost the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan in January 2019, the constitutional change was approved.
  • The EWS is considered to represent a significant portion of the BJP’s voter base, and the quota seems to have interfered with the affirmative action programme that had previously been given to groups that had historically been excluded due to caste, religion, or tribe.

No Major Opposition on Supreme Court Judgement EWS quota

Despite the fact that the majority of the opposition parties remained silent in opposition to the 103rd Constitutional Amendment, the top court heard 40 petitions, including one from Tamil Nadu, the state with the largest reservation at 69%, opposing the EWS quota. The petitions addressed a number of EWS quota-related issues, including the violation of the SC’s 1992 judgement capping reservations at 50%.

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