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SC/ST quota job promotion row: Supreme Court seeks response from Centre

Jul 22, 2016 18:56 IST

    The Supreme Court of India, which had earlier in the last year ordered the centre to maintain status quo in regard of reservation in job promotion for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe candidates, has now issued a notice, demanding answers from the centre regarding the same. The order was initially passed by the bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and A M Sapre on 3 February, 2015.

    The Supreme Court had ordered for a status quo in the job promotion of SC/ST candidates in government departments, including that of Income Tax department and Indian Railways. But, it was alleged that despite the status quo order from the court, the central government is not implementing the same in the work area resulting in no reservation for the SC/ST candidates in the promotion orders.

    The allegations were made by the Samta Andolan Samiti NGO president Parashar Narayan Sharma, who pleaded to the court saying justice is being denied to the community. The Supreme Court though, earlier this year, had said that SC/ST members can’t claim quota in government job promotion, as the state is not constitutionally obliged to provide any special treatment for any community in case of promotion. It further stated that the government is not bound to make any such constitutional provision and the court has no power to issue order making the reservation of certain communities in promotion mandatory.

    The Supreme Court mentioned that the government could provide reservation to any particular candidates only after collecting proper information about them, which shows that they are backward enough to avail the benefits.

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