NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed displeasure over the Centre not explaining on what basis it fixed the income limit of Rs 8 lakh for granting reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and directed it to file an affidavit disclosing whether any exercise was undertaken by it before taking the decision. The SC also asked the Centre to clarify the rationality behind fixing the limit. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and B V Nagarathna raised questions on how the same income limit of Rs 8 lakh could be fixed for both EWS and Other Backward Classes (OBC) categories to be eligible for reservation and sought an explanation from the government. It said there is a social and educational backwardness attached with the OBCs and it is presumed that their backwardness subsides with economic advancement. The EWS category, on the other hand, is different and there is no concept of social and educational backwardness, the Supreme Court bench said . Incidentally, at the previous hearing on October 7, the Supreme Court bench had raised the same queries and asked the Centre to come up with its explanation. As the government did not file any reply, the bench passed a formal order directing it to file an affidavit and adjourned the hearing.

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