State urges Centre to amend Constitution

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Chennai, Jun 2: The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu today urged the Centre to amend the Constitution empowering the States to fix the quantum of reservation as per their needs.

The General Council of the DMK, the highest policy making body, chaired by Party President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi adopted a resolution to this effect.

It said the state government has ordered 69 per cent reservation for SC, ST and Backward Classes. But the Supreme court had said the quota should not exceed 50 per cent.

To protect the 69 per cent reservation, the State government had passed a separate legislation and obtained President' assent for the same. However, the apex court had stayed the order.

''This forced the State governemnt to approach the apex court every year to ensure that 69 per cent reservaton was implemented every year to protect the interests of the student community'', the resolution said.


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