Supreme Court might eliminate the EWS quota, government agrees to reconsider the Rs 8 lakh income cap

While the Supreme Court was concerned on how the OBC and EWS quotas should have the same income ceiling of Rs 8 lakh, the implied matter of parity between the two quotas remained up for debate.

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(3) Supreme Court might eliminate the EWS quota, government agrees to reconsider the Rs 8 lakh income cap

The Centre tamely submitted that it will reconsider the eligibility income ceiling of Rs 8 lakh for the quota catering largely to the upper castes, fearing that the Supreme Court might eliminate the 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections as a whole.

While the Supreme Court was concerned on how the OBC and EWS quotas should have the same income ceiling of Rs 8 lakh, the implied matter of parity between the two quotas remained up for debate.

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Although the Rs 8 lakh ceilings for OBC and EWS appear to be identical, they are not. The EWS income ceiling is stricter since it covers all sources of income, including “salary,” whereas the OBC income ceiling excludes “salary” and “agricultural revenue.” This is a significant distinction that makes the Rs 8 lakh ceiling for OBCs more generous when compared to the EWS ceiling.

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Supreme Court might eliminate the EWS quota, government agrees to reconsider the Rs 8 lakh income cap
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While the Supreme Court was concerned on how the OBC and EWS quotas should have the same income ceiling of Rs 8 lakh, the implied matter of parity between the two quotas remained up for debate.
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