Lucknow: A bill seeking to withdraw reservation in promotions in state government jobs as sought to be done by the previous BSP government in Uttar Pradesh was on Tuesday passed by the state Assembly amid pandemonium.

The UP Public Service (SCs, STs and OBCs Reservation) Amendment Bill, 2012, was passed by voice vote amid unruly scenes by the opposition BSP, whose members trooped into the Well shouting slogans against the Samajwadi Party government.

The bill envisages withdrawing reservation in promotions in state government jobs, a provision made by the Mayawati government and subsequently set aside by the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court had in April quashed the then Uttar Pradesh government's decision to provide reservation benefits for SCs, STs and OBCs in promotions saying the state failed to furnish sufficient valid data to justify the move to promote employees on caste basis.

The court had said the rule was contrary to the various judgements by the Constitution benches in the M Nagara, Indra Sawhney and various other cases wherein it was provided that reservation in promotions can be given only if there is sufficient data and evidence to justify the need.

BSP supremo Mayawati has demanded that the Centre bring a Constitutional amendment bill to provide for reservation to SC and ST government employees in promotions.

(Agencies)


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