SC questions quota in promotions for kith & kin of affluent SC/ST employees

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today questioned the logic behind granting quota in promotions in Government jobs to the kith and kin of affluent persons

Among the SC and ST communities who have been holding high official positions.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Misra posed the query as to why the ‘creamy layer’ principle, used to exclude affluent other backward classes (OBCs) people from enjoying the fruits of reservation, cannot be made applicable to deny quota benefits in promotion to those affluent among the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

“Reservation at the entry level. No problem. Suppose, ‘X’ by virtue of the reservation becomes the Chief Secretary of a state. Now, will it be logical to treat his or her family members as backward to grant reservation in promotion which would provide accelerated seniority,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Kurian Joseph, R F Nariman, S K Kaul and Indu Malhotra, said. (AGENCIES)