UPA’s quota quandary
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In August, in his legal opinion on the issue of quota in promotions, Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati told the government that while the constitutional amendment providing for reservation in promotions in government jobs for SC/ST employees could be brought, any such amendments must fulfil the criteria laid down in Nagaraj. In his opinion, he also warned the government that any amendment passed by Parliament would in all likelihood be scrutinised by the SC.
One only hopes that this time, the UPA has done its homework properly and, if need be, has the data to defend the constitutional amendment.
Maneesh is a senior assistant editor based in Delhi
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