Lucknow, Aug 22: Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has now gone strict over the move to demote the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe officials of the state departments who had been promoted under the ‘controversial’ reservation in promotion policy.
The state cabinet has approved the decision through circulation, in accordance with the April 27, 2012 Supreme Court verdict on the issue, official sources here today said. The cabinet had earlier approved a proposal to revert 60 engineers and other employees of irrigation and water resources department, who had been promoted under the quota policy-a move that drew criticism from BSP chief and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati. The latest decision, however, will cover all the state government departments and a government order (GO) is expected soon on the issue. Pertinently, the Supreme Court (SC) had declared section 3 (7) of the Uttar Pradesh Public Services (Reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act 1994, which had benefited the employees in their promotions, illegally.
“The apex court, in its order had declared ultra vires section 3 (7) of Uttar Pradesh Public Services (Reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act, 1994 and the consequential seniority under rule-8 of Uttar Pradesh Government Public Servants Rules that had benefited the employees in their promotions,” said an official. The move will affect the employees in different cadres who were promoted through the reservation provisions after November 15, 1997 and before April 28, 2012.