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SC Refuses To Fix New Norms For Reservation In Promotion To SCs/STs In Govt Jobs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to lay down the yardstick for granting reservation in promotion to SCs/STs in government jobs, and left the decision of implementation with the states. The apex court said states are obligated to collect data on the inadequacy of representation of SCs/STs, in its judgment on the issue… Continue reading SC Refuses To Fix New Norms For Reservation In Promotion To SCs/STs In Govt Jobs

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to lay down the yardstick for granting reservation in promotion to SCs/STs in government jobs, and left the decision of implementation with the states.

The apex court said states are obligated to collect data on the inadequacy of representation of SCs/STs, in its judgment on the issue of the grant of reservation in promotion to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in government jobs.

The judgment has come after a three-judge bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao heard all the parties in the matter including Attorney General K K Venugopal, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Balbir Singh, and other senior lawyers appearing for various states.

The apex court had previously decided that it would not reopen its decision on the issue of the grant of reservation in promotion to the SCs and STs and had left it to the states to decide how they were going to implement the same.

Attorney General KK Venugopal for Centre had earlier said that it is a fact of life that even after around 75 years of Independence, those belonging to SCs and STs have not been brought to the same level of merit as the forward classes.

He had said that it is more difficult for those belonging to the SCs and STs to get a higher post in group A category of jobs and the time has come when the top court should give some concrete basis for SCs, STs, and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to fill up vacancies, AG had said.

As many as 133 petitions from various states were pending before the apex court on the issue. The AG had contended that recently, the Centre was constrained to make nearly 1400 promotions on an ad-hoc basis based on seniority without taking into consideration the principle of reservations, to ensure that the functioning of the departments is not affected.

The Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on October 26, 2021, on the issue of the grant of reservation in promotion to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in government jobs.