System of preference for welfare of Manual Scavengers not 'Reservation', Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court has ruled that affirmative action taken for the welfare and upliftment of manual scavengers is not ‘Reservation’.

The Bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla was deciding a petition filed in a matter relating to a tender bidding for mechanized sewer cleaning when it ruled,

“[I]n this case is the attempt of the state, uniquely to ensure that the livelihood and lives of sewage workers performing manual scavenging . . .

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