The government on Thursday assured the Parliament that a Constitutional Amendment Bill will be introduced on August 22 to ensure promotion to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes working in the government.
Minister for state in Prime Minister's Office V Narayansamy said in Rajya Sabha that a bill will be brought in this regard on August 22 after an all-party meeting, which will discuss the issue on August 21.
"The Prime Minister will call a meeting of leaders of all political parties on 21st of this month to discuss the issue of SC/ST reservation. This has been the demand of the honourbale members. On August 22, the government will be able to bring the bill in the House," he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured leaders of different political parties including BSP chief Mayawati on the issue in the House when it was adjourned following an uproar.
In the Lok Sabha, SP and BSP members trooped to the Well as soon as the House met for the day demanding reservation for SC/STs in promotions in government jobs. Unwilling to relent, speaker Meira Kumar allowed some of them to speak.
Shailendra Kumar of SP said there was fear in the minds of a number of SC/ST government employees on the lack of reservations in promotions. Panna Lal Punia of Congress said Parliament had given SC/ST persons the right to reservation in government jobs and five persons cannot take away this right.
Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) demanded that the SC/ST employees should be granted reservation in promotion in government jobs immediately.
BSP supremo Mayawati in Rajya Sabha said government had promised during in the last session to call an all-party meeting to discuss quota in promotion for SC and ST persons, but the meeting did not take place despite assurance by the government.