JAIPUR: While the Supreme Court had issued a notice to all the states asking them to respond on whether reservation could be allowed beyond 50%, Rajasthan’s Gujjar community wants a revisit of the 50% cap citing rise in population of the backward communities in the country.
The SC, meanwhile, on Friday, raised concerns over resultant inequality in case the 50% limit was to be removed. In Rajasthan, including 5% reservation for most backward classes (MBCs) and 10% for economically weaker sections (EWS), the total reservation is 64%. Reservation for SCs is 16%, 12% for STs and 21% for OBCs.
Shailendra Singh, general secretary, Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, said, “The Supreme Court should review the 50% cap on reservation and the ceiling should be removed. In 14 states of the country, the reservation has crossed the 50% limit. The capping has anyway been removed with 10% reservation to EWS. In 3-4 states, the matter related to reservation got stuck in the Supreme Court and high courts. The current reservation is done on the basis of the caste census done in 1931.”
“The population of reserved castes has gone beyond 80%. About 30 years ago, the Mandal Commission Report had stated that OBCs comprised 52% of the country’s population. The population of OBCs (other backward classes) will be around 58-60% in the current situation. However, they are entitled to only 27% reservation,” he added.
He also demanded that the Central government should make the findings of the caste-based census, which was conducted in 2011, public.