Supreme Court Allows Quota In SC/ST Employees' Promotion

| June 5 , 2018 , 14:46 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted permission to the Centre to provide reservations in promotions for SC/ST employees as per law, until the issue is adjudicated by its Constitution Bench.

The apex court bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Ashok Bhushan had been hearing a plea from the Centre against an August 2017 judgment of the Delhi High Court which had quashed a DoPT memorandum from 1997, which provided for the continuation of reservation in promotions indefinitely.

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The Centre told the bench that it was bound to give promotions to its employees, but the promotions had come to a near standstill after various high courts passed orders.

"I'm govt and I have to give promotion to my employee," said Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to the SC.

"We can say that you can go ahead with promotion as per law and we won't mention what is (the) law," said the top court.

Union minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan had in April said that the government would be moving the Supreme Court for a repeal of its directions which had brought to a halt reservations for those communities.

After the judgement, Paswan said that while the court has ruled in favour of reservations for SCs and STs in promotions, it has also introduced several conditions leading to the non-implementation of quota guidelines.

The guidelines include verification of the backward status and efficiency of the employees by state and central government before promotion under reservation.