SC/ST Constitutionally backward, inadequacy can be ground for quota in promotion: SC

NEW DELHI: Factors like inadequate representation of scheduled castes and tribes in Government jobs, instead of their backwardness, need to be considered while granting quota to them in promotions, the Supreme Court said today.

It also observed that the members of SC/ST communities were constitutionally presumed to be backward.

The observations came from a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which reserved its verdict on a clutch of petitions seeking reconsideration by a seven-judge bench its 2006 verdict in the M Nagraj case which had put conditions for granting quota benefits in job promotions to employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) communities.

The 2006 verdict had said the states were bound to provide quantifiable data on the backwardness of SCs and STs, the facts about their inadequate representation in Government jobs and the overall administrative efficiency before providing quota in promotions to SC/ST employees. (AGENCIES)