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SC Refuses To Lay Down Yardstick For Granting Reservation In Promotion To SCs/STs

The Nagaraj judgment had laid down conditions like a collection of quantifiable data, adequacy of representation, and overall impact on the efficiency of administration, for granting reservations.

SC Refuses To Lay Down Yardstick For Granting Reservation In Promotion To SCs/STs

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday refused to lay down a yardstick for granting reservation in promotion to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in government jobs and left the decision to the states.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nageswara Rao said states are obligated to collect data on the inadequacy of representation of SCs/STs.

The Court also said that 'cadre' should be considered as a unit for collection for quantifiable data and not the entire service.

A bench of justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjiv Khanna, and BR Gavai refused to dilute the criteria laid down in the constitution bench decision of M Nagaraj (2006) and Jarnail Singh (2018) for granting quota benefits in promotion of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes employees.

The Nagaraj judgment had laid down conditions like a collection of quantifiable data, adequacy of representation, and overall impact on the efficiency of administration, for granting reservations.

Earlier, Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, had submitted that SC/STs have been sidelined from the mainstream for years.

The government had asked the court to lay down a definite and decisive ground for the Union of India and the states to implement reservation in promotions to SCs and STs in government jobs.

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