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[EWS Quota] Reservation is not for financial improvement, it is for social empowerment: Supreme Court [Day 6]

A five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, S Ravindra Bhat, Bela M Trivedi and JB Pardiwala said that reservation is not a tool to improvise the economic situation of individuals.

Reservation as a traditional concept is not for financial empowerment, it is for social empowerment, it not just to improvise the economic lot or status,” the bench remarked.

It further said that caste discrimination is something which travels from generation to generation due to birth but poverty is not the same and there is no anthropological study to show that poverty has been there in families of non-reserved category from generation to generation.

Something which is temporary in nature cannot be called to be permanent. Being born in a Scheduled Caste family is a matter of stigma which travels generations,” CJI Lalit observed.

Source: Barandbench

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