CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

What is the News? Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has backed 50% representation for women in the judiciary. Women and Judiciary Women constitute only about 30% of the subordinate judiciary. In High Courts, women judges constitute 11.5%. In the Supreme Court, we currently have four women Justices out of the sitting 33. That makes… Continue reading CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

Supreme Court sets aside Madras High Court remarks on EWS quota

What is the News? The Supreme Court has set aside the observations in the Madras High Court’s order, which said that the reservation for Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) in the NEET-All India Quota can be implemented only with the approval of the Supreme Court. Background Recently, the Government of India had announced a 27% reservation for… Continue reading Supreme Court sets aside Madras High Court remarks on EWS quota

Jharkhand clears Bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

  What is the News? The Jharkhand Assembly has passed the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in the Private Sector Bill, 2021.  Must read: Job reservation in private sector for locals  Key Provisions of the bill Reservation for Local Candidates: The Bill provides for 75% reservation to local residents in private sector jobs with… Continue reading Jharkhand clears Bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

Redefining the reservation policy

Synopsis: Political parties should consider making substantive changes to the way reservation is implemented. Introduction Recently, Tamil Nadu adopted a bill to provide 10.5% reservation for Vanniyakula Kshatriyas within the quota of MBC (Most Backward Class) and DNC (Denotified Communities) With the 105th Constitutional Amendment, center empowered the states/ UTs to prepare their own list… Continue reading Redefining the reservation policy

The key to revitalising India’s reservation system

Synopsis: A Socio-economic caste-based census becomes a necessary precondition to initiate any meaningful reform. Introduction Recently, the central government’s decision to introduce reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations has been appreciated. This ignited the debate on caste census once again and brought the debate on affirmative… Continue reading The key to revitalising India’s reservation system

Income and quotas

Source: The Hindu Syllabus: GS 2 – Fundamental rights Relevance: To understand dimensions of creamy layer Synopsis: Supreme Court (SC) lays bare the limit of using economic criteria to determine reservation ability SC ruled that economic criteria alone cannot be used to classify “creamy layer” members of Backward Class (BC). Apart from the economic criterion,… Continue reading Income and quotas

‘Economic criterion not sole basis for creamy layer’

Source: The Hindu What is the News? In Pichhra Varg Kalyan Mahasabha Haryana v. State of Haryana) case, the Supreme Court has stated that economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for identifying sections of backward communities as ‘creamy layer’. What was the case? A petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the two… Continue reading ‘Economic criterion not sole basis for creamy layer’

Quota benefit cant be availed simultaneously in 2 states

Source: The Hindu Recently, the Supreme Court clarifies its stand on the reservation in reorganised states. The court held that a person can claim benefits in either of the successor states. About the Supreme Court (SC) verdict: The court ruled that a person cannot claim the benefit of reservation simultaneously in both the successor states upon… Continue reading Quota benefit cant be availed simultaneously in 2 states

Caste in stone

Source:  Busines Standard, TOI Relevance: To understand the impact of the 127th Amendment act. Synopsis: Recently GoI passed legislation to enable states to declare their own OBC list. Many argue that it strengthens federalism, but we must also consider the socio-political turmoil it may cause. Introduction: Article 340 provided special protection and benefits to SC/ST.… Continue reading Caste in stone

OBC list issue: Quotas solve little

Source:  Indian ExpressTOITOI Relevance: latest developments in the issue of OBC reservation. Synopsis: Reservation is a sticky issue in Indian politics. The recent move of restoring the rights of States to frame the OBC list (127th amendment bill) is seen by many as a step in the right direction. Introduction: Political parties showed unity in… Continue reading OBC list issue: Quotas solve little