Quash quota for SC, STs in promotion: Govt staffers
Jaipur: Mission 72, umbrella organisation of government employees from general, other backward classes (OBC) and minority category demanding implementation of the Supreme Court order regarding promotion, staged a dharna outside the state Assembly on Monday. Senior officers from Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) along with accounts secretariat, engineering and ministerial services participated in the protest.
The Supreme Court in December last year had quashed the Rajasthan government's notification providing for reservation in promotion to SC/ST officers in government service. Since then, the government employees of non-reserved category have been demanding the state government to implement the Supreme Court order.
The co-ordinator of Mission 72, Gulshan Baghla said the Supreme Court has clearly stated in its judgment that the state government was under no compulsion to adhere to 85th Amendment that provided consequential seniority in promotions. "The state government also has to fulfill three conditions laid down by the apex court in the M Nagraj case for providing the consequential seniority benefits to the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) category candidates including acquiring quantifiable data regarding the inadequacy of representation of the SC/ST communities in public services and whether it would affect the efficiency or not in governance," he said.
According to Baghla, they would also hand over a memorandum to chief minister Ashok Gehlot, asking him to implement the Supreme Court order soon so as not to affect the image of the government. The memorandum reiterates that reservation in promotion would also affect work efficiency of the government.
"Even Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru had spoken against reservation in promotion in the chief ministers' conclave on June 26, 2951," the memorandum said.