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Quota in promotions: Elders attack government for not doing much

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday came under fire from political parties across the spectrum for not agreeing to a constitutional amendment to ensure reservations in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Tribes. The government has offered to convene an all-party meeting to work out “a consensus for the road ahead”.

The demand for constitutional amendment comes in the wake of the Supreme Court upholding the Allahabad high court’s January 2011 decision to scrap the policy of reservations in promotions introduced by the Mayawati government. The apex court said that the government has not given enough data to justify the move to promote employees on a caste basis. The demand for a constitutional amendment to counter the apex court’s ruling was made by members from virtually every political party during the course of a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha initiated by Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP. On Monday, BSP chief Mayawati raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha calling on the government to introduce a constitutional amendment to secure quota in promotions in the current session.

Replying to the discussion, MoS for personnel V Narayanasamy said despite several amendments to Article 16 to ensure reservations in promotions, the “issue is still lingering”. Amendments to secure reservations in promotions for SCs and STs have been challenged and have been struck down by courts. It is for this reason that Narayanasamy said there was a need for all-party consultations to devise a “long-term solution” to this “serious matter”. BSP chief seized the opportunity accorded by the government’s apparently unenthusiastic response to an amendment to present her party as the sole protector of Dalits.

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