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Kerala Govt gets consent from Kerala HC to conduct EWS survey amongst forward Communities

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Munmun Kaur-

Published On: December 14, 2021 at 14:00 IST

Kerala High Court gave a directive on the Petition by Nair Service Society general secretary G Sukumaran Nair, giving a nod to the State Government to conduct the proposed sample survey meant to identify economically weaker sections among the forward communities in Kerala.

The Petition filed by NSS challenged the government’s sanction to conduct the sample survey.

It stated that the survey proposed by the present Commission was contrary to the recommendation made by the earlier commission headed by Justice Ramakrishna Pillai of a socio-economic-community survey and population census covering all communities in the state.

The Petitioner also pointed out that the survey would detrimentally affect the members of the Nair community who had been facing financial setbacks for years and were not eligible for the reservation until the 103rd Amendment.

The Court was convinced by the submissions of the State Pleader and Commission’s Counsel that the proposed survey had nothing to do with the EWS reservation or the recommendations of Justice Pillai’s Commission.

Hence, the Court permitted the State to conduct the sample survey of the forward communities.

Justice P V Kunhikrishnanalso gave a direction to the State Government to submit an Affidavit explaining the status of Justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai Commission’s recommendations.

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