89% of TN population already eligible for reservation, state govt tells Madras High court.

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: Polity; Topic: Salient features/Preamble/Basic Concepts, Issue: Reservation.

Context: Tamil Nadu government argued against compulsory 10% EWS quota implementation.


  • Tamil Nadu government tells Madras High Court that 89% of the population already covered by existing reservations.
  • State highlights constitutional provisions and pending challenges to 103rd constitutional amendment.
The 103rd Amendment:·        Inserted Articles 15(6) and 16(6) in the Constitution to provide up to 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections (EWS) among non-OBC and non-SC/ST sections of the population.

·        The amendment had introduced a quota for the poor among the general category.

·        However, the amendment goes against the landmark Indra Sawhney judgment of 1992 that imposed the 50% ceiling on reservations.

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