Prime News, National (New Delhi), February 10:- Opposition parties came together in Rajya Sabha on Monday to demand that the Centre takes immediate steps for ensuring reservation in promotions for SCs, STs and the OBCs in government jobs in the wake of a ruling of the Supreme Court on the issue.
Not satisfied by the statement made by Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, the members cutting across party lines sought firm steps by the government on the issue.
In its judgement last Friday on appeals on reservations for SC/ST community members in promotions to Assistant Engineer (Civil) posts in the Public Works Department of the Uttarakhand government, the Supreme Court held that states are not bound to provide reservation in appointments and there is no fundamental right to claim quota in promotions.
Gehlot in his statement said that the matter is currently being discussed at a very high level given that the issue was of immense significance. He, however, noted that the Government of India was not a party in the case and it was never ever asked to give any undertaking on it. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).