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Jats not entitled to reservation:Supreme Court

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jatsThe Supreme Court today set aside the notification issued by the erstwhile UPA government to include Jats in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) for according benefits of reservation to them.

A Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman found fault with the Centre’s decision to overlook the findings of the National Commission for Backward Classes stating that Jats do not deserve to be included in the Central list of OBC as they don’t form a socio-economic backward class.

The Bench said, Caste, though a prominent factor, cannot be the sole factor of determining the backwardness of a class. The Bench also said, the possible wrong inclusion of a class in the past, cannot be a basis for further wrong inclusion.

It also said that the inclusion of a politically organised class like Jat would adversely impact the welfare of the other backward classes. The Bench further said, though the Union of India is empowered under the Constitutional scheme to provide reservation to a particular class but it cannot be permitted to do so on the basis of a decade-old-finding about the backwardness of a caste.

The decision came on a PIL which alleged that the March 4 notification was issued by the then Central government, a day before the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into force to help the ruling party garner votes.

Jat organizations will appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court, which quashed the inclusion of the community in the OBC category.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament today, Rural Development Minister Choudhary Birendra Singh said that he is in favour of OBC category for Jats. He asked if the reservation benefits can be extended to Yadavs and Gujjars, why cannot to Jats.

His Ministerial colleague Sanjeev Balyan said, the Jat community will fight for the cause by appealing to the full bench of the Supreme Court. Balyan said, after going through the copy of the judgment, he will take up the issue at all levels. Echoing similar views, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said, UPA government had taken the decision on merits. He dismissed the suggestions that UPA government’s decision in this regard was politically motivated

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