Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'Any serious application of mind behind Jat quota?' Supreme Court asks Centre

'Any serious application of mind behind Jat quota?' Supreme Court asks Centre New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre on a politically-loaded move to grant reservations to the Jat community in jobs and education just before the announcement of the national election last month.

"This seems to be a serious matter and we want to know if serious application of mind went into it," the court today said. The Centre has been asked to respond by April 9, and justify the quota reportedly pushed by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

A group, the OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti, had petitioned that the quota was illegal as it had repeatedly been opposed by the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Quota for Jats is seen as the Congress' attempt to improve its prospects in nine states where the community has a strong presence - Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar. Congress leaders have assessed that over eight crore Jats in these states can be the deciding factor in at least 30 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The National Commission for Backward Classes had opposed a quota for Jats on grounds that the community cannot be classified as "backward." The proposal was still cleared at a special cabinet meeting on March 2, three days before the announcement of Lok Sabha polls brought a model code of conduct into effect.

It looks that the Supreme Court is forced to interfere everywhere and the government is made up of morons who do not apply their minds. The Jats are one of the most forward communities in the north Indian states mentioned above. Hence giving reservations to them is just decreasing the quota of other communities who actually deserve them

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