Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday said the Government is all set to make a “constitutional amendment” to implement the Cabinet’s decision of giving 10 percent reservation to economically-backward people from general category in government jobs and educational institutions.
The minister revealed it at the launch of former MP Baijayant Panda’s book, “Lutyens’ Maverick – Ground Realities, Hard Choices and Tomorrow’s India.
“The Supreme Court has said that in the current constitutional architecture, no reservation can be given to non-educational and socially backward class, even if they are poor,” said the minister Prasad while responding to former Union Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari.
The latter had stated that a similar attempt was made by P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1991, but the Supreme Court struck it down on constitutional grounds.
On this, Prasad said: “We are coming up with constitutional amendment as a separate constitutional platform for economically weaker section of the community. Therefore it is a constitutional amendment and not a legal amendment.”
He said the judiciary never questioned the “power of Parliament” to come up with “reservation for a special objective upon proper reasonable ground”.