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Centre seeks 22.5% quota for SC and ST staff in promotions

Centre said that mere backwardness of the SC and ST, was enough to grant them reservations in promotions

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that mere backwardness of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, was enough to grant them reservations in promotions, and that there was no need for the government to back their inadequate representation with quantifiable data.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, while submitting the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court, told a five-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, that the government seeks 22.5% quota for SC/ST employees.

“Reservation in promotion given to SC/ST community is right or wrong, I don’t want to comment. But they suffered for more than 1,000 years. Atrocities on them happen even today,” Venugopal told the Bench. The Centre’s push comes against the backdrop of an effort to reach out to Dalit groups.

Prove 2006 verdict was wrong: SC

  • The SC asked the Centre why states have not come forward with any data to decide the inadequacy of representation of SCs and STs in government services even 12 years after its verdict on the ‘creamy layer’.
  • The apex court’s query came after the Centre said that the M Nagaraj verdict of 2006, which had dealt with the issue of ‘creamy layer’ for reservations to SC & ST categories in govt job promotions, had stopped them.
  • A five-judge Bench said, ‘If that is the case, then you (Centre) have to prove that the 2006 judgment was wrong.’
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