Cabinet approve Bill for SC/ST Promotion, Bill in Rajya Sabha today

Cabinet approved the proposal to provide reservation to SC/STs in promotions, which would require certain changes in the constitution. The government may introduce the constitution amendment bill in the monsoon session of Parliament, which is scheduled to end on Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised the provision of a "legally sustainable" solution to the demand raised during an all-party meeting on August 21. All political parties - with the EXCEPTION of the Samajwadi Party(SP)  supports the demand for quota in promotions for SC/ST members. The proposed bill seeks to amend at least four articles of the constitution to enable the government to provide quota in promotions to SC/STs. It seeks to remove the term "inadequate representation", mentioned in Article 16 (4) to justify reservation in promotion and appointments, and also delink the term "efficiency of administration" from the claims of SCs/STs for jobs and promotions, mentioned in Article 335. Changes will also be made in articles 341 and 342 of the constitution, following the advice of the government's top law officer, Attorney General GE Vahanvati, on the issue.
The government will table a Bill providing for reservation to SCs and STs in promotions in government jobs in the Rajya Sabha Today, wednesday. The Constitution Amendment Bill will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha by MoS in the PMO V Narayanasamy either at 12 noon or at 2 pm for consideration and passage.