The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 17 March 2015 quashed the Union Government’s decision to include Jats in the Central Other Backward Classes (OBC) list.
The SC declared the Union government’s decision as null and void because of the following reasons:
Besides, the SC also asked the Union Government to consider new and emerging form of backwardness to decide the OBC list and referred the case of transgender which must be given benefits of OBC reservation.
The SC decision came on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti which represents the members of communities that are included in the Central List of Backward Classes.
Article 15(4) of the Indian Constitution empowers the government to provide for special provisions for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens.
Article 16(4) of the Constitution empowers the government to provide for reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the government, is not adequately represented in the public services.
When: 17 March 2015