EWS reservation: Quota ceiling not inviolable golden rule, Centre tells SC | India News

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NEW DELHI: As validity of the 103rd Constitution amendment would be decided on whether it violated its basic structure by allowing reservation on economic basis and in breach of the 50% ceiling, the Centre on Thursday contended before the Supreme Court that the amendment in fact strengthened the basic structure of the Constitution by ensuring economic justice to its citizens and the upper limit on quota is not a golden inviolable rule.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a bench of Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi and J B Pardiwala that economic weakness is also an impediment in social mobility and people who are left behind due to poverty should be given preferential treatment. He said the 50% limit is a thumb rule but not sacrosanct and it cannot be elevated to the level of basic structure as contended by those opposing the EWS…

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