Maintenance of the efficiency of administration is an argument which is consistently invoked by the Supreme Court through Article335 of the Constitution, to negate demands for reservations/quotas. It is here that one is motivated to question the working definition of “efficiency”, “merit” and “efficiency of administration” in government that the courts abide by. A welcome move in this regard is the judgment by the two-judge Supreme Court Bench (Justices Uday Umesh Lalit and D.Y. Chandrachud) in B.K. Pavitra vs Union of India (2019) which nudges the courts to define the multidimensional term of “efficiency of administration” that is grounded in inclusion. (Read More)
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