Reservation in promotion: Supreme Court reserves decision, Central and State Governments’ arguments fulfilled

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Surendra Joshi
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 Updated to 04:00 PM IST

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Reservation in promotion: The central government has already stated before the tribunal that 75 years after independence, the SC-STs have not been brought to the level of the upper castes.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved judgment on petitions seeking reservation in promotion of government jobs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC-ST). Earlier, the bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao heard the arguments of all the parties concerned.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh and other senior advocates argued on behalf of various states during the trial. The central government has already stated before the tribunal that 75 years after independence, the SC-STs have not been brought to the level of the upper castes. The bench comprising Justices Sanjeev Khanna and BR Gawai was also present on the occasion.

Attorney General Venugopal said that it is difficult for SCs and STs to get top posts in any category. Now it is time for the Supreme Court to give some specific basis to fill the vacant SC, ST and Other Backward Classes (OBC) posts.

At the last hearing, the tribunal had said that it would not reopen the earlier decision on reservations in promotions for SCs and STs. How that decision is followed will depend on the states.

The apex court had in the last hearing asked the central government on the steps taken to assess the lack of adequate representation of SC and ST employees in central jobs. The bench asked the government to provide information on the exercise undertaken in line with the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal in the 2006 Nagraj case for granting reservation in promotion to SC / ST employees.

A bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao is hearing petitions related to reservations in promotions for SC-ST categories in government jobs. The bench said that it would decide on the contentious issue that there should be reservations on the basis of appropriate proportion or representation as per the judgment in the Nagraj case.

The bench stated that it wanted to know what was done to ensure competence of representation after the verdict in the Nagraj case? If the efficiency of the reservation is determined on the basis of population, there may be major shortcomings in it. The center must have exercised the brain to understand what efficiency means. Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh on behalf of the Center said the proportional test was not being implemented for this reason.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved judgment on petitions seeking reservation in promotion of government jobs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC-ST). Earlier, the bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao heard the arguments of all the parties concerned.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh and other senior advocates argued on behalf of various states during the trial. The central government has already stated before the tribunal that 75 years after independence, the SC-STs have not been brought to the level of the upper castes. The bench comprising Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice BR Gawai was also present on the occasion.

Attorney General Venugopal said that it is difficult for people belonging to SC and ST categories to get top posts in any category. Now it is time for the Supreme Court to give some specific basis to fill the vacant SC, ST and Other Backward Classes (OBC) posts.

At the last hearing, the tribunal had said that it would not reopen the decision taken earlier on reservations in promotions for SCs and STs. How that decision is followed will depend on the states.

The apex court had in the last hearing asked the central government on the steps taken to assess the lack of adequate representation of SC and ST employees in central jobs. The bench asked the government to provide information on the exercise undertaken in line with the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal in the 2006 Nagraj case for granting reservation in promotion to SC / ST employees.

A bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao is hearing petitions related to reservations in promotions for SC-ST categories in government jobs. The bench said that it would decide on the disputed issue whether there should be reservations on the basis of appropriate proportion or representation as per the judgment in the Nagraj case.

The bench stated that it wanted to know what was done to ensure the competence of representation after the verdict in the Nagraj case? If the efficiency of the reservation is determined on the basis of population, there may be major shortcomings in it. The center must have exercised the brain to understand what efficiency means. Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh on behalf of the Center said the proportional test was not being implemented for this reason.

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