Supreme Court Judge Justice Gavai has raised a crucial question, questioning whether the children of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers should continue to receive reservation benefits.
Justice Gavai, a Dalit himself, expressed concerns about perpetuating reservation benefits across generations, especially for individuals who have secured prestigious positions like IAS and IPS.
The Punjab government, in a bold move, has argued against the continuation of reservation benefits for communities that have achieved significant progress and representation in government jobs.
Advocating for a nuanced approach, the state government contends that once a Scheduled Caste community has attained substantial advancement, reservation benefits may no longer be necessary.
This debate raises fundamental questions about the duration and necessity of reservation policies in India. Critics argue for a broader understanding of constitutional provisions to address caste-based disparities effectively, challenging the notion of reservation as a perpetual entitlement.
As the legal battle unfolds before the Supreme Court, the outcome will likely have far-reaching implications for the future of affirmative action and social justice in the country.
The ongoing dialogue reflects a critical examination of the efficacy and fairness of reservation policies in India.