27% OBC reservation in MP to continue: HC

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has refused to lift the ban on OBC reservations. Yes, and at the same time, the High Court has issued directions for a final hearing. Let me tell all of you that the High Court has dealt a blow to the Government in the matter of reservation of the OBC category at 27 percent. In fact, in 6 petitions from the government, an application was made to lift the ban against making OBC reservations at 27 percent, although the High Court has now given its opinion on it. A double bench of High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Rafique and Justice VK Shukla, while hearing the relevant petitions, has issued directions for a final hearing refusing to lift the ban on OBC reservation.

Let me tell you that the final hearing on the petitions has been scheduled for September 20. Hearing a petition filed by the State Government against the increase in OBC reservation from 14 percent to 27 percent, the High Court had issued interim orders on 19th March 2019 for a grant of 14 percent reservation to the OBC category in the medical education sector. On the other hand, the double bench had passed interim orders for 14 percent reservation for the OBC category in the selection list of examinations for various posts by PSC.

At the same time, in four other petitions, the government had issued stay orders on 27 percent OBC reservation. In fact, petitions were also filed regarding support for OBC reservation, EWS reservation, 27% OBC reservation in judicial service, women's reservation, and reservation in NHM recruitment. The bench jointly heard all the 24 petitions filed by the bench. The government submitted an application to lift the ban on OBC reservation at 27 percent in six petitions. The application said that 51 percent of the population in the state belongs to the OBC category.

The total population of the OBC, ST, SC categories is 87%. In such a situation, a Commission was constituted to study the representation of OBC category persons in Government jobs, living conditions, etc. As per the report and population of that Commission, the Government has decided to implement OBC reservation at 27 percent. However, the bench, after hearing, has dismissed the government's interim application and directed a final hearing on the petitions.

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