The SC has agreed to hear a petition of the state government against the high court judgment which quashed the 5% reservation offered to the Special Backward Class (SBC), including the Gujjar community.
This has come as a sigh of relief to the Rajasthan state government as well as the Gujjar community, who had tried very hard to get this benefit for the aforementioned community.
The present appeal was filed in the SC by Shiv Mangal Sharma, Additional Advocate General (AAG) of the BJP-led state government.
The acceptance of the plea, by the SC shall protect around 4,000 people, who have already been appointed in various government departments and 1,000 people who have been admitted in various institutions under the Specific Backward Classes (Reservation of seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts under the State) Act, 2015 by the Vasundhara Raje-led government.
The HC while quashing the reservation had stated that reservation should not be provided to achieve political goals. It had also noted that data for establishing the backwardness of the five communities had not been collected to the extent required to conclude that these communities were backward and needed reservation.
Gujjar leaders have been holding discussions with the ministerial committee constituted by the government in the aftermath of the Rajasthan High Court striking down their SBC quota of five percent on the ground of violating constitutional cap of 50 percent set by the Supreme Court.
In the backdrop of this development, the Gujjars are now demanding a separate quota within the Other Backward Caste (OBC) so that the reservation does not exceed the 50 percent limit.


In today’s time of excessive competition reservations have become something that every community in India wants to benefit from in order to have an upper hand to achieve whatever they want, be it in terms of education or careers prospects. Thus, this has become one of the most controversial issues of this generation and with the backing of the state government in this regard, the matter has become even more sensitive.