State government employees of SC category,who gathered under the banner of Aarakshan Bachao Sagharsh Samiti (ABSS) at NBRI auditorium in Lucknow on Sunday,have decided to approach all the MLAs and the MPs,who represent SC seats and seek their support for their agitation in favour of reservation in promotion.
The ruling SP has won 57 seats,reserved for SC,in the Assembly elections this time. The ABSS wants all such MLAs and MPs to convince the ruling SP about the need for reservation in promotion.
The state government had amended the Uttar Pradesh Public Servants (Reservation for Scheduled Castes,Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes) Act 1994,abolishing reservation in promotion for government employee. The government also deleted rule 8 (a) of the Uttar Pradesh Government Servants Seniority Rules,which conferred the benefit of consequential seniority on SC/ST employee,giving them an advantage over other employees.
The state governments decision to amend the 1994 Act and the rules is meant to comply with Supreme Court judgment,which struck down the states policy of reservation in promotion that was introduced by the previous Mayawati government. The BSP and employees of the reserved category want the government to bring a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court judgement. We would create pressure on the MLAs and MPs,who are from SC category,to support our demand for reservation in promotion. If they fail to do so,we would socially boycott them, said ABSS convener Awadhesh Kumar. According to him,such MLAs,who are elected to the Assembly from the reserved seats,are supposed to protect the interest of SC people.
The outfit also announced that it would soon hold demonstrations in the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhis constituency in Rae Bareli and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhis Lok Sabha seat Amethi. We want both the Congress leaders to do justice to SC people. The reservation must be kept in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, Kumar said. ABSS would also organise meetings in New Delhi.
A large number of government employees of SC category arrived from various parts of the state to attend Sundays convention. Speaking on the occasion,Justice (retired) Khemkaran appealed the employees to engage top lawyers to plea their case in the Supreme Court. He also underlined the need for unity among the SC employees to get the Constitution amended for reservation in promotion.