Chandigarh: While one section is threatening for nationwide agitation for passing 117th Amendment Bill of the Constitution for right to reservation to Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribes quota in promotions, the struggle for not passing is also getting momentum by the Punjab General Category Welfare Federation.
The amendment seeks to provide reservations for scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) in government office promotions. In 1992, the Supreme Court in the case had held reservations in promotions to be unconstitutional.
Vijay Garg said that the said Bill is pending in the Lok Sabha as the sub-committee of Lok Sabha has given consent for the amendment without taking views of general category and the report has been submitted in the last session of the Lok Sabha.
Giving a warning to the Centre Government, they said, the consequences of passing of this Bill will be very unpleasant as after passing of the same, the reservation will eventually start from 1995 in promotions and the benefit will go only to non-general group seniority officials, leaving not a single post for the general category persons.
He further stated that going by the amendment will not be in the interest of the nation.
Added here that general category are vocal because they think that reservation don’t reach the needy – poor, first generation – in reserved category and reserved category candidates qualify with lesser marks, it brings caste discrimination in the society and it is easy excuse for those who did not qualify. But majority are of the view that economic criteria should be basis of benefit of reservation that too at the initial state and not in subsequent stages.
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