Supreme Court allows SC/ST quota in government job promotions

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday paved a way for the SC/ST quota in promotions for the government jobs. They also said that there is no need to review for the 2006 Nagaraj verdict.

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The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said states need not collect quantifiable data on backwardness for giving quota in job promotion to SC/ST employees.

Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati welcomed the Supreme Court’s order and said, “the judgement is welcome to a certain extent since the Supreme Court didn’t impose a restriction in this regard and clearly said that centre or state governments can provide reservation if they want.”

The top court by its 2006 judgment, also known as Nagaraj case, had said: “…state will have to show in each case the existence of compelling reasons, namely backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency, before making provision for reservation in promotion.”

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The top court also said that the concept of the creamy layer is not an issue. The verdict also has virtually left the option of the quota to the state and central government to decide upon it, whether they have to give reservation or not.

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