Stakeholders’ meet on SC order in reservation case in Puducherry

The government is to convene a stakeholders’ meeting to chalk out further course of action following the Supreme Court’s order setting aside orders of Puducherry extending reservation in employment, promotion and education to Scheduled Caste (origins) of the Union Territory.

On August 8, the Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice of India R.M.Lodha struck down orders of Union Territory of Puducherry extending reservation in employment, promotion, welfare to Scheduled Caste (origins) of the Union Territory.

In 2005, the Union Territory issued orders of that the reservation benefits in the field of education and welfare should be extended only to the Scheduled Caste ‘origins’ of the Union Territory as notified in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964. That means reservation would be extended only to the persons belonging to Scheduled Caste who were residents of the Union Territory of Puducherry before 1964 and their descendents. Classifying scheduled caste those who became residents after 1964 as ‘scheduled migrants’, the Government said they were not eligible to receive benefits. Puducherry SC Welfare Association challenged the orders and in 2008, the Madras High Court dismissed their petitions. Aggrieved over this, the association filed the present appeals before the Supreme Court.

Quashing the orders of Puducherry Government, the Bench said, “We find that the impugned Government Orders cannot be sustained on the short ground, viz., they being not in consonance with the Presidential Order, 1964.”

They said the Presidential order was issued in 1964 after issuing notification. The Government Orders, however, confined reservation benefits to Scheduled Castes origins of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. “The Presidential Order does not speak of "origins" of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, it only speaks of ‘resident’” added the Judges. Pointing out that it was not open to the executive to do anything directly or indirectly which may lead to any change in the Presidential Order, they said once Presidential Order has been issued under the Constitution of India, any amendment in the order could only be made by Parliament.

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