Te­lan­gana can­not breach 50% quota cap, rules apex court

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Sa­garKu­mar.Mutha @times­group.com

Hy­der­abad: In a move that may have reper­cus­sions for Maharashtra’s Maratha quota, Te­lan­gana with­drew its plea to in­crease reser­va­tion quota for Back­ward Classes (BCs), SCs and STs in Pan­chay­ati Raj and other lo­cal bod­ies af­ter Supreme Court on Fri­day re­fused to al­low the state to en­hance the quota be­yond 50%.

The state had sought per­mis­sion for 34% reser­va­tions for BCs, 24% to SCs and 9% to STs in the sarpanch elec­tions as well as in other pan­chay­ati raj and lo­cal body elec­tions, tak­ing the quota pro­por­tion to 67%. Te­lan­gana’s con­tention was that per­mis­sion was es­sen­tial as the pop­u­la­tion of BCs, SCs and STs is higher in Te­lan­gana. The SC bench told the Te­lan­gana coun­sel that un­der no cir­cum­stances can the state cross the 50% up­per cap fixed ear­lier by the SC. Te­lan­gana then with­drew its plea seek­ing per­mis­sion for quota en­hance­ment.

The Hy­der­abad HC had ear­lier made it clear that all quo­tas to­gether can­not ex­ceed 50% as per the SC judg­ment. With this, the state will have no other op­tion but to put pres­sure on the Cen­tre to bring in a leg­is­la­tion that al­lows the Cen­tre and states to in­crease quo­tas.

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