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SC/ST: DoPT report recommends reservation in promotions

05 May 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
DoPT report recommends reservation for SC/ST in promotions

In another push to affirmative action, a report by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has now recommended reservation for scheduled castes and tribes (SC/ST) in promotions.

It says such a move is necessary "for equal opportunity and inclusive growth".

DoPT was asked to furnish a report in March 2016, after several judicial orders against reservation in promotions.

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05 May 2017SC/ST: DoPT report recommends reservation in promotions

2016 SC order hindered reservation in promotions

In March'16, the SC refused to make reservations in promotion mandatory. Referring to Articles 16(4), 16(4-A) and 16(4-B), it clarified states were not obligated to give preferential treatment to any community, and it could decide on the basis of "backwardness", "inadequacy of representation", etc.
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DoPt report justifies need for reservation

ReportDoPt report justifies need for reservation

The DoPT report notes that 15% representation for SCs and 7.5% for STs wasn't being achieved in many departments.

Prepared in consultation with the attorney general, it also notes that they were much backward - economically, educationally and socially - than other communities.

The current scenario justifies affirmative action, it concludes.