Should SC/ST creamy layers be given reservation? | The Hindu Parley podcast

December 12, 2019 05:01 pm | Updated 05:13 pm IST

The Centre last week asked the Supreme Court to constitute a larger Bench of at least seven judges to examine the necessity for applying the creamy layer concept to job reservations, particularly with respect to SCs and STs. The judgement in Nagaraj seemed to suggest that the concept of equality would necessarily have to include the exclusion of the advanced sections of the backward classes, including the SC and ST communities. Should the creamy layer concept be applied to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes while implementing reservations for them?


Discussing the issue are Sukhadeo Thorat (former chairman, UGC, Professor Emeritus, The Centre for Study of Regional Development in the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Ashwini Deshpande (Professor of Economics, Ashoka University).

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