SC/ST promotions: Govt seeks 3 months from SC to submit revised seniority list

The state government has moved the Supreme Court seeking an additional three months to submit the revised seniority list by reversing the consequential promotions of its SC/ST employees since 1978.

The Supreme Court had in February 2017 struck down reservation in promotions of the SC/ST employees and had asked the government to furnish the revised list by January 15, 2018.

Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha on Tuesday told reporters that the government lawyers had filed a petition seeking additional time as the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation Bill, 2017 is still pending Presidential assent.

"The revised list is ready. But, the Bill is still pending before the President for assent. Hence, we have sought the additional time," she said.

The bill, which seeks to circumvent the Supreme Court order quashing consequential promotions of the employees has been pending before President Ram Nath Kovind, after Governor Vajubhai Vala rejected to give his assent to the same.

Recently, when Kovind was in Bengaluru, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested him to have a relook at the bill and give his assent.

With hundreds of employees in 63 departments facing demotions, the government is working overtime to ensure that these employees aren't antagonised.

 

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