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Treatment of SC/ST Candidates selected or promoted in own merit in Government Jobs
We had seen yesterday that how proportion of SC/ST employees in Central Government Service at higher level is very less compared to the percentage of Reservation in Central Government Jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
We could find that the above situation prevails in spite of Government’s policy to treat reserved Category Candidates who are appointed or promoted in the government jobs on their own merit as General Quota Candidates only in order to allot the reserved quota for SC and ST Candidates only for Candidates who have to utilise SC/ST quota for entry or promotion in Government Service.
This position was clarified by the Minister of State for Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions , Shri. V.Narayanasamy in the Lok Sabha on 22.08.2012, relating to a Query raised by one of the members.
The full text of this Lok Sabha Question and Answer by Minister is reproduced below.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL
,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
SC ST QUOTA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1633 Shri SURESH KUMAR SHETKAR
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether candidates belonging to the SC and ST categories who qualify against open seats for promotion cannot be adjusted against vacancies earmarked for the SC/ST quota;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) if not, the reasons therefor; and
(d) the steps being taken to give justice to the SC/ST candidates in this regard?
ANSWERED ON 22.08.2012 by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)
(a) to (d): The Supreme Court in the matter of R.K. Sabharwal v/s. State of Punjab has held that reserved category candidates who are appointed/promoted in Government jobs on their own merit shall be adjusted against unreserved quota and reservation quota vacancies shall be filled in addition to the above. The Central Government has been following the principle laid down by the Supreme Court.