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No more reservation for Jats under OBC quota: Supreme Court

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In a recent development, Supreme Court has quashed an earlier notification under which Jat community was granted OBC reservation in nine states.

The apex court  on Tuesday quashed the March 4, 2014, notification under which the then UPA government  had extended OBC reservation to Jats by ignoring the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes.

An apex court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said: “We can’t agree that politically organised Jats are backward class so as to be entitled to OBC reservation.”

“Inclusion of politically organised class such as Jats… can’t be affirmed”, said Justice Gogoi pronouncing the judgment.

Jat leaders express shock

Jat leaders in Rajasthan expressed shock on  Supreme Court’s veridct. A prominent Jat leader Gyanparakash Pilania said., “We are shocked. Though I have not gone through the judgement, Jats are synonymous with farmers and I feel farmers are backward and deserve to get reservation”

Rajasthan Congress leader Rameshwar Dudi  insisted that Jats were “really backward” in Rajasthan and they deserve to get reservation.

Jats account for 14-15 percent of the state’s population.

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SC seeks ideas to enforce anti-sexual harassment law at workplace

The court had issued a notice to all the states in the last hearing of the matter on January 4

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The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels. Wikimedia Commons
The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels. Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NGO Initiative for Inclusion Foundation (IIF) to give suggestions for effective implementation of a law to curb sexual harassment of women at workplaces, particularly in the private sector.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A. M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the suggestions after the Central government in its affidavit claimed that it has taken steps to enforce the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Appearing for the IIF, senior counsel Sanjay Parikh said there was no implementation of the law in private companies.

Also Read: One out of Two Children face Child Sexual Abuse: The Growing Problem of Child Sexual Abuse in India

He said a meeting was held with Assocham four years ago but nothing happened after that.

The IIF has sought to put in place the guidelines for the implementation of the law at all levels.

The court had issued a notice to all the states in the last hearing of the matter on January 4. The notice was returnable in four weeks. IANS

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