On the face of it, a new kind of reservation in education and jobs solely based on income or economic criteria was destined to face several constitutional hurdles.
What was the issue?
Given that the special provision in favour of ‘Economically Weaker Sections’ (EWS) among those who are not eligible for community-based quotas meant for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, was introduced through an amendment to the Constitution, only a demonstration that the new quota violated the basic structure of the Constitution would have succeeded in dislodging it.
What did the Supreme Court observe?
How did the EWS quota change this dynamic?
Why socially disadvantaged communities from EWS were excluded?
Way forward –
Source – The Hindu
QUESTION – The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act. What was the contention? Explain in brief.