Presumption of backwardness of SC/ST employees vanishes once they join Govt services: SC told

NEW DELHI: There should not be quota in promotions for higher services as the presumption of backwardness of SC and ST employees vanishes once they join Government services, the Supreme Court was today told by the counsel opposing such reservation.
Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who represents those opposed to quota in promotions, told a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Misra that earlier there was presumption of backwardness with regard to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities.
“Reservation in promotion is quite different from reservation at entry level where candidates from SC/ST community get the job,” Dwivedi said.
He referred to Article 16 of the Constitution and said that the presumption of backwardness was there when the candidates of SC/ST community apply for the jobs and this presumption vanishes with regard to grant of quota in promotions.
Referring to the developments that have taken place post independence, he said that the position of SC/ST communities was not same as it was in 1950. (AGENCIES)