|Quota for SC/ST is not opposed to meritocracy, rules Supreme Court|
New Delhi, May 11
Holding that the merit of a person should not be judged through examinations, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the quota for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe is not opposed to meritocracy, media reports said.
"Once we understand merit as instrumental in achieving goods that we as a society value, we see that the equation of merit with performance at a few narrowly defined criteria is incomplete. A meritocratic system is one that rewards actions that result in the outcomes that we as a society value," a bench of Justices UU Lalit and DY CHandrachud has been quoted by The Times of India.
"Thus providing of reservations for SC/STs is not at odds with the principle of meritocracy. Merit must not be limited to narrow and inflexible criteria such as one's rank in an exam, but rather must flow from the actions a society seeks to reward including the promotion of equality in society and diversity in public administration," Justice Chandrachud has been quoted by the media outlet.