The Gujarat government has decided to go ahead with the recruitment process without the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said in a release that the state would go ahead with hiring of over 60,000 youths for government jobs for the current year, as per the provisions existing before the announcement of the 10 per cent quota, so that the government processes were not hampered.
The government’s announcement followed reports in a section of the press about 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, having “lapsed” with no action being taken by the government on it. However, in its order of September 9, the Supreme Court had made it clear that with the high court quashing the notification, no further action to implement the ordinance would be taken.
On August 4, the high court had quashed the ordinance of May 1 reserving 10 per cent of seats in higher education institutes and government jobs for those in the general category whose annual family income was below Rs six lakh, following petitions filed before it.
The Supreme Court, while admitting the Gujarat government’s appeal against this HC order, had referred the matter to a five judge bench.
During the hearing on September 9, the Gujarat government had also given an undertaking to the apex court that it would not extend benefits of this 10 per cent quota to medical admissions and services, following which the SC directed not the disturb admissions that had already taken place under the 10 per cent quota.
Last week, the Gujarat government did a flip flop when it withdrew an announcement on putting the 10 per cent quota ordinance in abeyance. 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. However, the General Administration Department, later cancelled the abeyance notification.
The ordinance was promulgated in May this year to pacify the agitating Patidar community.
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