The Haryana government on Monday informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court of its decision to withdraw a notification that reserved 10 per cent seats in educational institutes for students under special backward class (SBC) category.
On September 27 Chief Secretary D S Dhesi instructed various state departments of the government’s decision to withdraw seats reserved for Jat Sikhs, Rors, Tyagis, Bishnois, Jat Muslims and Mulla Jats. It was also decided to fill these seats with students from the general category.
The Court was informed of the government’s decision when it was hearing a petition challenging the government’s decision to keep vacant unoccupied MBBS seats at the Pandit B D Sharma University of Health Sciences in Rohtak.
On July 27, the Court had stayed the Haryana government’s notification, issued during the previous Congress regime in 2013, of reserving seats for the five groups in educational institutes as well as in public jobs.
The High Court observed that prima facie it was violation of its earlier orders and that the government could not reserve 10 per cent seats in education institutes.
In the instructions, the chief secretary maintained status quo on reservation in public jobs. He maintained that a decision on this issue will depend on the final outcome of the pending petitions pertaining to the issue in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The instructions issued by the chief secretary, dated September 27, read, “The matter regarding admission in educational institutions has been reconsidered and it has been decided by the state government that for the current academic session, 10 per cent seats reserved for Special Backward Classes shall be filled from General Category students. It has been further decided that the matter will be reviewed before next academic session, in case the pending court case is not finalised before the start of next session.”