Supreme Court in a landmark decision has ruled out any reservation in promotions of SCs, STs in government jobs on Wednesday. The court clearly refused to review the 2006 order on SC/ST quota in promotions and stated that there is no need to refer the matter to a seven-judge bench. The bench of five judges unanimously pronounced that the 2006 Judgement referred to as the Nagraj case, stands the backwardness test.
Now the promotions in the government jobs will be given irrespective of one’s caste and creed. The court also asked that there is no need to collect quantifiable data of backwardness of SC/STs for reservation in promotions.
An apex court also rejected the Centre’s plea to consider the overall population of SC/ST to grant quota. There will be no reservation for any class, only the merit or the other criteria over which promotions are given will be taken into consideration.
The Supreme Court in its judgment in 2006 had said that it is not mandatory to make reservations for promotion for the SC/ST members in government jobs.
“…state will have to show in each case the existence of compelling reasons, namely backwardness, the inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency, before making provision for reservation in promotion,” pronounced the Supreme Court in its October 19, 2006 judgment.
However, the apex court had received a plea from Centre to reconsider the 2006 judgment on the criteria for reservations in promotions for SC/ST employees.