Gulbarga||DHNS: Demanding the State government to file a review petition in the Supreme Court with regard to the latter’s decision to strike down ‘consequential seniority’ in promotions awarded for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC and ST) employees since 1978, SC ST government employees staged a protest in Gulbarga.
The Protest was led by the Members of SC/ST Employees Reservation Promotion Horata District Coordination Committee at the DC office Mini Vidhan Soudha Gulbarga. They submitted a memorandum to the chief minister through deputy commissioner. Earlier, protesters earlier took out a rally from Jagat Circle to DC office via SVP Circle.
The protesters said, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and Uday U Lalit in their verdict on February 9, 2017, had declared the Karnataka Determination of Seniority of the Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (To the Posts in the Civil Services of the State) Act-2002 as invalid to the extent that it accorded `consequential seniority’ to SC and ST employees.
The bench has given this verdict after hearing a petition filed by B K Pavithra, who stated that assistant engineers recruited in 1987 under SC/ST category by Bangalore Development Authority were promoted to the cadre of assistant executive engineers (AEE) while assistant engineers recruited in 1976 under the general merit category waited for promotions to the same AEE cadre.
They said, this verdict has appeared as a death blow to more than 10,000 SC/ST government employees working in 65 departments of the government in Karnataka. The SC/ST employees would lose the pole-position they enjoyed with regard to promotions by this verdict.
The protesters wanted Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who claims to be the champion of OBCs, dalits and minorities, to take steps to protect the interests of SC/ST government employees. They wanted all 52 SC/ST MLAs to fight unitedly and chalk out the future course of action to file a review petition.
The protesters condemned the State government for not arguing this case well before the court in favour of the reservation facility in promotions for SC/STs.
They wanted that the State assembly should pass a bill reinstating reservations and keeping it out of the purview of judicial review by including it in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.
a Huge Number of SC ST Employees & others were present during the protest.
DH News Service