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Within 24 Hours Of Passing In Rajya Sabha, General Quota Bill Faces Challenge In SC

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| January 10 , 2019 , 17:33 IST

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the landmark bill to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and education for the economically-backward section in the General category and within 24 hours a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional amendment bill.

A petition filed by a group, Youth for Equality and Kaushal Kant Mishra, said the amendment violates the ''basic criteria of the constitution'' that is 50 percent ceiling that had been laid down by the Supreme Court.

Economic criteria cannot be the sole criterion for reservation, nor can the economic reservation be restricted to general categories alone, the plea said.

According to the petition, the four key features of the bill had provided for reservations for any economically weaker sections of citizens other than SCs/STs and Other Backward Classes.

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According to the amendment, private educational institutions would also have to set aside 10 percent seats to be given to the poorer sections.