Uttarakhand state agitationists pin quota hopes on high court
The issue of 10% horizontal reservation for Uttarakhand state agitationists and their kin in state government jobs is again hogging the limelight after the high court in Nainital reserved its order on Saturdaydehradun Updated: Oct 29, 2017 19:49 IST
The issue of 10% horizontal reservation for Uttarakhand state agitationists and their kin in state government jobs is again hogging the limelight after the high court in Nainital reserved its order on Saturday.
State agitationists, who actively campaigned for the creation of a separate state of Uttarakhand during the statehood movement, and their kin were getting 10% job reservation but it was discontinued on a high court order.
Advocate Rama Sah, who practices in the Uttarakhand high court, said two benches of the high court had given different orders on the 10% reservation. One bench, according to the advocate, has said the 10% reservation was constitutional while the other has termed it as unconstitutional.
Now, a third bench, which is hearing the matter, reserved its order on Saturday, said the lawyer.
The horizontal reservation is a system of reservation within the seats earmarked for the general category. Under this, the state agitationists will get 10% of the posts earmarked for the general category applicants in any job recruitment.
The 10% horizontal reservation was promulgated by the state government on August 11, 2004. In 2007, Karunesh Joshi, a state agitationist, had filed a writ in the HC asking for job after which the court said the 10% horizontal reservation was illegal.
A hue and cry was raised on this and the then BJP government led by BC Khanduri had through a standing committee made rules for reservation which was quashed by the HC on August 26, 2013, thus ending this provision.
Since then, the state agitationists and their dependents have to apply for the posts without any reservation system within the general category.
Pradeep Kukreti, who is the district president of the state agitationists, said it has been four years since the 10% horizontal reservation for the state agitationists has been ended.
“We expect the court to reinstate this reservation as it would benefit hundreds of state agitationists and their dependents in getting government jobs in Uttarakhand. The state agitationists have done a lot for the formation of the state and they deserve to get their due,” he said.