Chhattisgarh Chief Minister has announced an
increase in reservations for OBCs and Scheduled Castes in state government jobs
The government has decided to increase the quota
for Scheduled Castes by 1% (at present it is 12%) The reservation for OBCs will
be increased from 14% to 27%. The quota for Scheduled Tribes will remain at 32%.
Once in effect, Chhattisgarh will have a total
of 72% reservation, the highest in India. The will breach the 50% cap on
reservation imposed by the Supreme Court in 1992.
The Supreme Court in the Indira Sawhney case
(1992), had held that the power conferred to the State by Clause (4) of Article
16 should be exercised in a fair manner and within reasonable limits. The court
upheld that reservation under Clause (4) shall not exceed 50% of the
appointments or posts, barring certain extraordinary situations
Article 16 (4) empowers the State to make provision
for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of
citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is inadequately represented in