Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said that the state government would soon approach Punjab and Haryana high court for cancelling the stay order on reservation in promotion of Scheduled Caste (SC) employees.
After performing bhoomi pujan of Ambedkar Bhawan at Sector 16 here, Khattar addressed a gathering comprising of the SC community and said the state government was sensitive towards the issues of the weaker sections of society.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in favour of granting quota benefit to Class III and IV employees of the state government departments. Owing to certain technicalities, the high court issued stay orders, but I assure you that the state government will make all efforts to cancel the stay to ensure benefits to the people," Khattar said.
The BJP government, on May 15, had announced to provide quota benefits to Class III and IV staff with effect from April 1, 2013. It was pointed out that representation of SC employees in the cadre of assistants was more than 20%.
Several employees from the general category had filed petitions in the high court, challenging the state government's notification, following which the court had issued stay orders.
The next hearing in the case has been fixed for October 16.
Conceding demand of Ambedkar Samaj Kalyan Sabha, Khattar has assured to open a preparatory institute for the SC students aspiring for civil services.
He also assured that one of the upcoming state universities would be named after BR Ambedkar. Khattar clarified that the state cabinet would take a final decision where both these institutions could be opened.
"I urge the members of the weaker society to ensure that their children adopt competitive spirit. The state government is committed to provide equal opportunities and all logistic support to the weaker sections," he said.
On the occasions, Khattar directed the deputy commissioner to pass building drawing of the Ambedkar Bhawan by waiving off penalty. He also assured to financially support the construction, which would have a hostel, library and a computer coaching centre for the SC students.