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Gujarat government to reply to PILs challenging EWS quota

Ahmedabad, June 22: The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to file an affidavit in response to four petitions challenging the 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and educatiol institutes for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) from the general category. A division bench of Chief Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice V.M. Pancholi directed Advocate-General Kamal Trivedi to file a single affidavit in reply to the four petitions by next Wednesday. The BJP government had on May 1 issued an ordince providing 10 per cent quota for EWS in the general category with annual family income cap of Rs 6 lakh, in the wake of the violent agitation by the Patel community seeking quota under Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. (IANS)