Poverty as a criterion for reservation not against the Constitution: Arun Jaitley

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Poverty as a criterion for reservation not against the Constitution: Arun Jaitley

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Poverty as a criterion for reservation does not in any way contravene the basic structure of the Constitution, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote in a blog on Friday.

“The Constitutional Amendment Bill to provide reservation to the economically weaker sections has been passed by both Houses of Parliament,” Mr Jaitley wrote. “It will soon become a part of India’s Constitution. Caste in India was considered as a key determinant of either social or historical oppression as in the case of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes or a determinant of social and educational backwardness as in the case of the Other Backward Classes.”

“Poverty, however, is a secular criteria,” Mr Jaitley added. “It cuts across communities and religions. Poverty as a criteria for a carve out does not in any way contravene the basic structure of the Constitution.”