The Haryana State Cabinet on February 13, 2019, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has decided to grant 10% reservation to persons belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS).
The reservation will be granted in direct recruitment to Group A, B, C and D posts in all departments, boards, corporations and local bodies of the State government, besides in admissions to all government and government-aided educational institutions.
To be eligible for reservation, the gross income must be below ₹6 lakh per annum.
As per an official statement “Income will include income from all sources. That is salary, agriculture, business and profession and income for the financial year prior to the year of application.”
A family will include the person who is seeking reservation — his/her parents, spouse and children and siblings below the age of 18 years, the statement said.
Moreover, the statement also added that persons whose family owns or possesses five acres of agricultural land and above; residential flat of 1,000 square feet and above; residential plot of 100 square yards and above in notified municipalities; residential plot of 200 square yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities; and any immovable property worth more than ₹1 crore would be excluded from the quota irrespective of the family income.
The Parliament on January 9, 2019, passed The Constitution (One hundred and twenty-fourth amendment) Bill, 2019, to provide 10% quota in employment and education for the general category candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections.
Soon after the Bill was passed by the Parliament, it was challenged in the Supreme Court on the ground that the Bill violated the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50% ceiling limit cannot be breached as it has been “engrafted as a part of the basic structure of the Constitution’s equality code” by the Supreme Court.