'SC, ST employees to get reservation in promotions at both Centre, states'
New Delhi, June 13 : Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) will continue at both at the Centre and in the states and directives in this regard will be issued soon.
The apex court had said last week that the government was not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law, subject to further orders.
On June 5, the Supreme Court permitted the Central government to go ahead with reservation in promotions to certain categories of staff in accordance with law but did not stay a Delhi High Court judgment that quashed an office memorandum on such reservations.
Paswan said the quota in promotion was halted on account of the judgements passed by different high courts in the country.
The minister also said the government was ready with an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court's March 20 order that puts safeguards against arrests under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but it would wait for the court's final decision on the review petitions.
He also said the University Grant Commission (UGC) will also soon withdraw its order affecting reservation soon.
Paswan also reiterated his demand of reservation for those preferring inter-caste marriages.