The Haryana government on Monday informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that it had granted 10% reservation under the special backward class category in state government jobs and education institutions to five castes, namely Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Tyagis and Bishnois, on the basis of a detailed survey.
KS Gill, joint secretary of Haryana’s department for welfare of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Backward Classes (BC), in his reply submitted to the high court, said a detailed survey was conducted of 229 villages and 83 urban areas before issuing the notification on January 23 last year. The officer also submitted that the provision of reservation was made on the recommendations of the Haryana Backward Classes Commission chairman, justice KC Gupta (retd).
The court was also informed that there was no limitation made in the Constitution regarding the reservation. The state has complied with the 1992 Supreme Court judgment in the ‘Indra Sawhney and others vs Union of India and others’ case, it was submitted.
The reply was filed during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by three Bhiwani residents, including Murari Lal Gupta.
The petitioners had submitted that the state government had illegally granted the reservation quota in exclusion to the already notified 27% reservation to backward classes that had resulted in exceeding the ceiling limit of 50% reservation.
Also, the petitioners had sought quashing of the state government’s notification, providing reservation to economically backward persons belonging to the general category whose total annual income of the family does not exceed Rs 2.5 lakh from all sources, including agricultural income.
Through this notification, 10% reservation was provided in jobs in government departments, government undertakings and local bodies in direct recruitment to class 3 and 4 posts, 4% to class 1 and 2 posts and 10% in admission to government and government-aided education institutes.
Taking the state government’s reply on record, the court adjourned the case for the next hearing to September 1.