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SC upholds promotions based on quotas

The court also said that the creamy layer should be kept out of reservations in government jobs.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 11:21 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered its verdict on quotas in promotions in government jobs. The issue came up amid row on increasing reservations in educational institutes.

The apex court in its verdict upheld promotions based on quotas. It also said that the creamy layer should be kept out of reservations in government jobs and upheld reservation for SC/STs in government jobs.

Government jobs do have a quota for SC/ST candidates at the entry level.

But since 1960, there have been several flip-flops in the government's policy on whether SC/ST employees should also get promotions based on their status.

In 1992, the Supreme Court reversed its earlier order, saying that there was to be no reservation in promotions.

However, in 1995, the Parliament brought back reservations in promotion through the 77th amendment.