Gujarat rolls back 10% reservation for poor in educational institutes, government jobs


Surat: The Gujarat government has rolled back the 10% reservation in educational institutes and government jobs for economically backward sections (EBS), introduced recently to placate the agitating Patidar community. 

The ordinance was put in abeyance even as the Gujarat government had submitted before the Supreme Court, which is hearing the matter, that it was committed to providing quota benefits to the EWS. In the night, however, the General Administration Department, in a release, stated that “after rethinking, the government had decided to cancel the notification issued earlier in the day”.

The Gujarat High Court early in August had scrapped the Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Ordinance, 2016. The High Court, however, had kept its order in abeyance to allow the state government to move the Supreme Court. Later, the apex court extended the HC stay on its order and referred the matter to a five-judge bench.

The ordinance was promulgated in May this year to pacify the agitating Patidar community. “Pending further orders, we direct that the admissions made to any educational institution prior to the pronouncement of the impugned order shall not be disturbed. We make it clear that since the impugned ordinance has been struck down by the High Court, no further action towards implementation of the reservation made under the said ordinance can be taken qua education and service matters,” the government circular had stated, citing the SC order on September 9.

The government circular had not only reverted to the orders that existed before the ordinance, but also put in “abeyance” all the eight notifications that were issued later in connection with the 10 per cent EWS quota. Realising the wrong message that this move could have sent out to its electorate, the BJP-led government cancelled it.