Govt says not party to SC order on SC/STs

Govt says not party to SC order on SC/STs

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New Delhi, Feb 10 : The Government on Monday told the Rajya Sabha that it will appropriate steps after due consideration of the Supreme Court's order that reservation in job promotion is not a fundamental right. Informing the House, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot read out a statement and said since that it was an important subject, the government was considering it at the highest level.

The Supreme Court upheld the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018, which nullified it's own controversial March 20, 2018 judgement, diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit Protection law. Upholding the Uttarakhand government's September 2012 notification, the apex court said as the government is not bound to provide reservation in promotions, the High Court should not have declared the state's decision as illegal.

"After due discussion and consideration, the Government of India will take appropriate steps in this subject," the statement said. Mr Gehlot stressed that NDA Government was not in power in the state at that time. In 2012, Congress was in power in Uttarakhand. "This is to clarify that neither the Government of India was made a party in this matter, nor any affidavit was sought from it," he said.(UNI)