SC Seeks Centre’s View On Plea To Exclude Creamy Layer Among SC/ST From Reservation Benefits [Read Petition]

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra of the Supreme Court has asked for the view of Union Government on a PIL that sought keeping out the creamy layer, that is relatively wealthier or well educated, among SC/ST tribes in matters of providing reservation in jobs and education sector.

The PIL was filed by Samta Andolan Samiti, a body representing the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes and nine individuals belonging to the community.

As advocates  Gopal Sankaranarayanan and Shobhit Tiwari who appeared for the petitioners mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Friday saying it was an “important issue that called for an early decision”, the bench directed that a copy of PIL be given to Centre's law officers to spell out its stand.

The bench listed the PIL for hearing after two weeks.

The petitioners sought introduction of the creamy layer concept in SC/ST reservation to keep the rich among them out to ensure that the benefits go to the poor and the needy.

The PIL lists Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, National Commission For Scheduled Castes National Commission for Scheduled Tribes as "respondents".

Due to non-application of concept of creamy layer in SCs and STs, the actually backward and deprived members of the SCs and STs are having a heart burning that uplifted/affluent and advanced portion of castes included in SCs and STs are taking away the benefits, which are actually designed for them, the lawyers argued.

“The petitioners prefer this writ petition (PIL) under Article 32 of the Constitution of India. The petitioners are the residents of the State of Rajasthan and belong to the poor and downtrodden strata of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes community. Thus the petitioners are approaching this Hon’ble Court for protection of their fundamental rights as the creamy layer in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Communities are siphoning off of the reservation benefits given to them by the State Government as well as the Central Government”, said the plea.

“The Petitioners submit that it is due to the fact that the uplifted / affluent and advanced sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities snatch away the maximum benefit and the 95% members of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities are in disadvantageous position and they are still without any benefit of reservation and the benefit of Government Schemes meant for backward Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. Thus, the benefits of reservation policy are not percolating down to the people, who are in actual need of the same and the practice of including the members of the creamy layers of the said Communities has resulted in abuse by the advanced and affluent members of the said communities”, it said.


  • Issue a writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate Writ, order or direction, whereby all the Respondents be directed to exclude creamy layer from SCs and STs.

  • Pass any appropriate Writ, order or direction, whereby all the Respondents be directed to issue appropriate instruction and guidelines prescribing parameters and criteria for excluding creamy-layer from SCs and STs, in parimateria to OBC

Read the Petition Here