Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) had asked the Governm">
Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) had asked the Government to keep the total reservation within 50 per cent. The landmark judgement came on Wednesday when the SAT was hearing a case relating to appointments by the State Staff Selection Commission.
A Division Bench comprising SAT chairman Hara Prasad Das and Judicial Member JM Patnaik ordered the State Government to keep the total reservation ratio within 50 per cent till the amendments to the Constitution were made.
The judgement has come as a big jolt to the State Government which recently, through a Bill, reserved 27 per cent of the seats for the Other Backward Classes (OBC).
The Tribunal pointed out that the Supreme Court has categorically stated in its earlier judgements that the reservation ratio should not cross 50 per cent. Earlier, while 22.5 per cent of the seats were reserved for ST candidates, 16.25 per cent remained reserved for the SC candidates. By keeping 26 per cent reservation for OBCs, the total ratio of reserved seats became 65.75 per cent, which was much more than the apex court's ceiling of 50 per cent. The SATís ruling could embarrass the State Government in the election year.