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President approves bill granting States power to identify SEBCs, paves way to reverse Maratha quota order

Prime News, National, Constitution, Democracy, New Delhi, August 20:- President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the 105th Constitutional amendment bill to grant States power to identify socio-economic backward classes (SEBCs).

The assent now paves the way to reverse the Supreme Court verdict in the Maratha reservation case where it had said that States cannot identify SEBCs and only the President can do so.

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Monday (August 16) asked the Centre to enact a law to remove the Supreme Court-mandated 50 percent cap on reservations and allow States to exceed the existing quota limit.

Last week, the Lok Sabha had passed a Constitutional amendment bill to restore the power of States to make their own OBC lists as Opposition parties backed the legislation, but demanded the removal of the 50% cap on reservation and many of them also called for a caste-based Census.

With the Opposition seeking to corner the BJP over the sensitive issue of quota, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar said there is a need for careful examination of the demand made by several Lok Sabha MPs for increasing the cap of reservation beyond 50% as constitutional issues are involved.

The bill was passed as the 105th Constitution Amendment bill after being renumbered. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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