The central government on Friday pushed for reservation for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe in jobs promotion. Attorney General KK Venugopal while submitting Narendra Modi government’s stand in the Supreme Court said there is no adequate representation of the backward community in government jobs promotions. AG further said the government seeks 22.5% quota for SC/ST employees. “Reservation in promotion given to SC/ST community is right or wrong, I don’t want to comment. But they suffered for more than 1000 years. Atrocities on them happen even today, ” news agency ANI quoted AG KK Venugopal as saying. 

The Supreme Court’s five-judge Constitution bench, constituted by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, is examining whether its 12-year-old verdict that had dealt with the issue of providing reservations to SC and ST categories in government job promotions is right or wrong.

It comes at a time when opposition parties have accused the government of anti-Dalits. Two days ago, the Narendra Modi Cabinet decided to amend the SC/ST Act to restore its original provisions struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

It comes after opposition parties and NDA allies, including Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and Ram Das Athawale’s Republic Party of India (A) mounted pressure on the government over removal of Justice AK Goel, for diluting and introducing safeguard measures in the SC/ST Act during his tenure as the Supreme Court Judge,  as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairman. 

In his farewell speech at a function organised at the Supreme Court Bar Council, Justice AK Goel had justified his order, saying that if courts cannot protect the fundamental right of due process, it is better courts are wind up.

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