Arun Jaitley comments Upper caste quota

 SMTV Desk 2019-01-08 19:18:40  Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Upper caste quota
Arun Jaitley comments Upper caste quota

New Delhi, January 08: Here is the latest news that, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday rejected criticism that the 10 per cent reservation for the poor among the upper castes in jobs and education will breach the 50 per cent cap set by the Supreme Court, saying that the limit was specific to quota for the SCs/STs and socially and educationally backward classes.

Intervening in the debate on the Constitution Amendment Bill for upper caste quota in the Lok Sabha, Mr Jaitley also dismissed criticism that the proposed quota would violate the basic structure of the Constitution and referred to inclusion of the word “secular” in the Constitution during the emergency.

Similarly, times have changed and there have been several developments in social and economic spheres since the making of the Constitution, Jaitley said.

“To say that SEBC is part of the basic structure and not this…what objections will there be if 10 per cent can be reserved for poor among the upper caste,” he said adding that the Constitution makers thought of affirmative actions for SCs and STs and under privileged sections because of long period of discrimination against them.

“Today the time has come for (the quota of the upper caste) if we take the manifesto of all the parties which have pledged for affirmative action for the economically weaker sections. This bill ensures sabka saath, sabka vikas. It is a move for equality and will enable social upliftment,” Jaitley stressed.