The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday asked the Haryana government for response on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking three percent reservation for orphans in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.
The petitioner, Orphan's Foundation, a Hisar-based charity, submitted before the court that most of the orphans were socially and economically backward.
Arguing for the petitioner, advocate Gunjan Mehta said an ashram run by the foundation in Hisar has 130 orphans who needed the OBC reservation for admission in educational institutes and securing government jobs.
The charity asked the division bench of justices SK Mittal and MS Chauhan to issue directions to the Haryana government to issue identification documents to the orphans and extend appropriate benefits to help them in leading a respectable life.
The government has been asked to file its response by October 12.
Haryana provides 20% quota in jobs and admissions in educational institutes to scheduled castes and 27% to OBCs.
Ten percent quota is also reserved for economically backward persons in the general castes category.
The high court recently stayed the 10% reservation to five communities including Jats.