Supreme Court ought to rethink current 50% cap on reservations in Maharashtra, says Ashok Chavan
State Public Works Department Minister Ashok Chavan on Friday stated Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray might be writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to take a positive stand to defend the constitutional validity of the 16% reservation in schooling and jobs prolonged to the Maratha group.
Mr. Chavan, who heads a sub-committee of the State Cabinet on the difficulty, stated, “The deadlock in the case being heard in the Supreme Court can be resolved only at the level of the Central government. The Centre needs to take a clear stand on this issue and the Chief Minister will be writing to the Prime Minister. We appeal to all members of Parliament from the State to hold a meeting with the Prime Minister.”
The earlier State authorities led by the Bharatiya Janata Party had enacted a legislation to grant reservation to the group beneath the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes class. While the Bombay High Court cleared the quota legislation, the Supreme Court stayed it and the matter is pending earlier than a bigger Bench of the courtroom. Hearing on the matter will start on January 25 and the Centre might be presenting its stand on the difficulty.
Mr. Chavan stated, “The State government will be presenting its case strongly. But the Centre needs to take a positive stand too. The apex court had issued a notice to the Attorney General in the previous hearing. This is an opportunity for the Central government to make its stand clear.”
Mr. Chavan stated the Supreme Court ought to rethink the present 50% cap on reservations as a result of if the Maratha quota comes into impact, the whole reservation within the State will exceed 50%. He stated, “Many State governments have already crossed this limit. Therefore, the landmark judgment in the 1993 Indira Sawhney case capping quotas at 50% needs a relook. This can happen if the Centre takes a positive stand on the issue.”
Mr. Chavan identified that reservations in Tamil Nadu had exceeded 69% and the quota introduced for the Economically Weaker Sections additionally crossed the restrict. “None of it has been stayed, except for the Maratha reservation,” he stated.