SC/ST job promotion quota: Supreme Court refuses to refer seven judge bench for reviewing Nagraj Case

SC ruled that the government doesn’t need to collect quantifiable data to show backwardness before granting promotion to SC and ST members

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After giving a verdict on Aadhaar card requirement, Supreme Court on Wednesday passed its decision on 2006 Nagraj Verdict and said that there is no need to refer this to a seven-judge bench for reviewing the matter.

The apex court sustained that the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes will get a reservation during the promotion in government jobs. The state doesn’t need to collect quantifiable data to show backwardness before granting promotion to SC/ST members.  

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The decision was taken by a constitution bench comprising five judges headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Earlier on August 30, the top court had reserved the verdict on this matter.

The central government in its plea had said that the overall population of SC and ST shall be considered for giving promotion quota in jobs. However, the Supreme Court turned down the Centre's plea.

States need not collect quantifiable data on the backwardness of SC/ST for giving quota in job promotion to SC/ST employees,” the top court ordered.

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