Is it not discriminatory for State to set up financial corporations for economically weaker sections of only two castes: Karnataka High Court

2nd July, 2021

Is it not discriminatory for State to set up financial corporations for economically weaker sections of only two castes: Karnataka High Court

On Thursday, the Karnataka High Court chastised the state government for limiting the formation of financial organisations for the poor to only two castes. The government was reminded by a bench led by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj that economically disadvantaged people are not limited to just two castes. Isn't it unfair that the government creates financial corporations for only two castes' economically weaker members? The economically disadvantaged are not limited to a single caste,” the Court stated orally. The Court went on to say that it didn't understand why the State government chose only two castes for financial firms out of a total of 144 castes under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS). What possible reason could there be for picking economically weaker sections of only two castes? In every community, there are economically disadvantaged people. The Court made these findings after learning that the state has established financial organisations for two castes, the Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board and the Aryavysya Development Corporation. The State government had not provided any basis for the exclusion of other castes, nor had it shown any justification for granting priority to the aforementioned two castes with regard to financial organisations, according to the Court. In response, Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi cited Dr. BR Ambedkar's belief that it is impossible to distinguish caste when recognising economically disadvantaged groups. Referring to Supreme Court rulings, AG Navadgi stated, "Caste is nothing more than a vocational choice." He went on to say that no caste was given favour, but that they were picked because they were economically disadvantaged. Senior Advocate Ravivarma Kumar, who was representing one of the petitioners at the time, stated in February that the State government had formed several cast-based corporations in order to collect votes for the by-elections. Today, the case will be heard once more.