ST/SC benefits can be availed only in home states: Supreme Court
GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday held that people belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes community can avail the benefits of reservation for government jobs only in their home states, and not in any other states.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi unanimously held that a person belonging to Scheduled Caste in one state cannot be deemed to be a Scheduled Caste in other states, where he has migrated for the purpose of employment or education.
The court noted that a particular community is notified as SC/ ST in relation to a state and that concept would become "nugatory" if migrated population from other states is brought within its ambit.
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