Reviewing Criteria for EWS Quota: Centre Forms Three-Member Committee
On 28 November 2021, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment announced the formation of a three-member committee to review the criteria for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) reservations.
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- The issue had arisen after NEET aspirants challenged notification dated July 29, 2021 which had announced a 27 per cent quota for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for EWS in under the All-India Quota category.
SC on the Issue
- On the issue i.e. 10 per cent reservation for EWS, the Supreme Court had questioned the government on how the figure of Rs 8 lakh had been arrived at as the maximum income limit for the EWS quota.
Response from the Govt.
The government had cited the Sinho Commission report of 2010 to push 10 per cent reservation for EWS.
- The commission had, however, not explicitly recommended a quota for EWS but said that they should get access to welfare schemes.
- In this regard, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that it would revisit the Rs 8 lakh annual income criteria for EWS to be eligible for reservation benefits.
About the Committee
- Mandate: The committee will examine various approaches followed in the country so far for identifying the economically weaker sections.
- Composition of the Committee: The committee will comprise Former Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Member Secretary ICSSR Prof VK Malhotra and Principal Economic Advisor to the Indian government Sanjeev Sanyal.
Criteria to identify EWS
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