Three-Member Panel To Review EWS Quota Criteria

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment appointed a three-member committee to revisit the criteria for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in educational institutions and government jobs, after a rap from the Supreme Court in November.

The panel comprises

  1. former Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey;
  2. Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research, V.K. Malhotra; and
  3. Principal Economic Adviser to the Government of India, Sanjeev Sanyal.

It has been given three weeks’ time to complete its work.

The Supreme Court last month observed that the the Centre could not “pull out of thin air” the ₹8 lakh annual income limit to identify economically weaker section for providing 10% quota and questioned if the attempt was to “make unequals equals”.

The court is hearing petitions challenging the Government notice issued in July which provides for a 10% EWS quota in NEET admissions. The SC will hear the case next on January 6.