Govt to move SC for review of verdict on quotas

Ram Vilas Paswan

Facing the heat for “ignoring” the interests of Dalit communities, the Modi government is walking the extra mile to win them back by deciding to move the apex court for a review of its order that shot down reservation in promotion in government jobs.

The virtual striking down of reservation in promotion in government jobs by the Supreme Court by linking it to a test of backwardness and efficiency of the person had been agitating the Dalit mind for quite some time.

“The government is open to bringing in an ordinance, but will first move the Supreme Court,” Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

Paswan said the issue was discussed by an informal Group of Ministers on Dalit issues headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

This is the third issue concerning Dalits that the Modi government has sought to address after filing a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its March 20 decision diluting the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Three BJP-ruled states Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have also decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order on the anti-Atrocities Act.

Paswan said he as has been informed that the three states have decided to keep in abeyance orders issued by various departments to implement the Supreme Court order.

Besides, Tamil Nadu has also announced that it will move the apex court seeking review of the ant-Atrocities Act. Kerala has moved the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The Central government had also decided to move the Supreme Court seeking review of its order upholding the Allahabad High Court order that had led to the controversial new reservation formula calculating faculty posts departments wise rather than for a university as a whole.

Paswan also made a strong pitch for an ordinance to undo the dilution of the anti-Atrocities Law by the Supreme Court.

The Narendra Modi government is facing the wrath of Dalit groups as well as political parties for not doing enough to protect the rights of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes when the anti-Atrocities Law case was heard by the Supreme Court.

Paswan said the conditions imposed by the Supreme Court have virtually made it impossible for both the Central and the state governments to provide reservation in promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe communities in government jobs.

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