Jaipur: The Mission 72 employees, seeking reservation in promotion in jobs, have decided to observe Black Day in protest against the Rajasthan Government’s order barring them from holding any protest rally in the state.

A delegation of employees submitted a memorandum regarding their demands to the Governor’s Secretary in Raj Bhavan after the state government refused to give them permission to organize any rally in the state for the next 90 days.

The employees wore black strips around their arms as a mark of protest against the government’s reluctance to implement the recent Supreme Court order on reservation in promotion in jobs for SC/ST category.

Meanwhile, holding the BJP responsible for the issue, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “The Opposition is trying to provoke the leaders of the employees union by luring them with the offers of tickets for Assembly polls.”

On the other hand, leaders of the employees union have alleged, “government is trying to avoid the issue”.

Upholding the Rajasthan High Court ruling, the Apex Court had rejected the two notifications of the government cancelling reservation in promotions to employees of SC/ST category.

During the court proceedings it was told that the Supreme Court (SC) in December last year quashed the Rajasthan government's notification, which provided reservation in promotion to SC/ST officers in government service. Since then, the government employees of non-reserved category have been demanding the state government to implement the Apex Court's order.

Shobhit Tiwari, petitioners’ counsel, said, “The state government is deliberately delaying the implementation of SC order and that is why it has constituted Bhatanagar Committee to probe into the issue.”