All caste-based reservations may go and only those meant for Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) may remain, the Supreme Court said on Thursday even as it is clarified that it was a radical idea and policy matter to be decided by the government and the Parliament.

On the ninth day of hearing on revising the 1992 Mandal case, advocate Shriram P Pingle submitted before a five-judge Constitutional Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan. It said that an endeavor should be made to remove caste-based reservations in a phased manner because the issue was getting politicized.

“That is for Parliament and the legislature to consider. It is a welcome idea…But it is for the government to make a decision that caste-based reservations should go,” the Bench said.

It said, “This may be a beginning, all reservations may go and only EWS (reservation) may remain.” “Why can’t other things be done? Why not promote education and establish more institutes? Somewhere this matrix has to move beyond the reservation. Affirmative action is not just reservation,” it had noted.

The Bench had last week sought to know if there was no limit to quota what would happen to the concept of equality. “What about the resultant inequality. How many generations will you continue…? It had asked.

Affirmative action was not limited to reservation alone, the top court had said that states should take additional steps to promote education and establish institutions for the upliftment of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes(SEBS).

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