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PM to chair all-party meeting on promotion quota to SC/STs

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:42

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will chair an all-party meeting here on Tuesday to discuss reservation in job promotions for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The UPA Government is also expected to table a bill in this regard tomorrow.

After repeated adjournments in Rajya Sabha and turmoil in Lok Sabha, the government had earlier this month agreed to the members demand for bringing a Constitution Amendment Bill for reservation in promotion of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in state jobs.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister``s Office V. Narayanasamy had then informed the Rajya Sabha that the government would bring a bill in this regard on August 22.

"The Prime Minister will call a meeting of all party leaders on 21st of this month as has been demanded by the whole house. We will try to bring a bill on 22nd," he said.

The Supreme Court had earlier in April overruled the Uttar Pradesh Government``s decision to provide reservations in government job promotions.

The verdict had come as a blow to the then Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government in Uttar Pradesh, which had implemented the policy.

The BSP had raised this issue in the Budget Session of Parliament demanding a constitutional amendment to provide for such quotas.


First Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 11:41

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