Center in Supreme Court: Even after 75 years, backward castes could not be brought at par with the upper castes

Delhi (South Asian Wire): The Central Government told the Supreme Court that it is a fact that even after 75 years, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes have not been brought at par with the forward castes in terms of merit. Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao that it is even more difficult for people from backward castes to reach higher positions in Group A category jobs. He said that now the time has come for the Supreme Court to give some concrete basis for filling the vacancies of SC, ST and OBC.

The Supreme Court, while hearing the matter of reservation in promotions for people belonging to SC, ST categories, said that the data showed that these backward castes are under-represented in Group A jobs. The bench said that it is not proper. Without rectifying this situation these castes cannot be adequately represented in Groups B and C.

During the hearing, Venugopal said, “They are less represented in Group A and Group B, while there is more representation in Group C and D.” He said that it is a fact of life that even after 75 years of independence, we have not been able to bring SC and ST castes to the level of merit of the upper castes.

Venugopal said, in A category, he gets a place only on the basis of his merit. So there the focus is only on efficiency and backwardness is not relevant there. He said that according to the Department of Personnel and Training, there are 5000 cadres and 53 departments in the Central Government. He said that he will file an affidavit in this matter. Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh told the bench that as per the data available between 1965 and 2017, the representation in categories A and B is low, while in C and D the representation of these castes is high.

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