The Gujarat high court has quashed 10 percent reservation quota for the economically backward classes (EBCs).
In this regard, the Court has declared The Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Ordinance, 2016 unconstitutional.
- The ordinance was termed as unconstitutional as the total reservation exceeds in the state exceeded the 50 percent cap set by the Supreme Court.
- The ordinance had provided 10 percent quota for EBCs in higher educational institutions and government jobs.
- Moreover, the HC also stated that there was no survey conducted to grant this ECB quota.
In May 2016, the Gujarat Government had announced to implement 10 percent quota in admission for students belonging to EBCs with effect from the academic year i.e. 2016-17. This quota was additional to the existing reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs. It had exceeding the cap set by the Supreme Court.