Dehradun: The government of Uttarakhand on Wednesday decided to remove reservation in promotions for SC/ST employees.
Around two lakh General and OBC employees in the government were demanding the removal of the reservation to SC/ST employees and had been protesting since March 2.
The Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh issued a letter to all government departments to inform them of the government’s move.
With this, the state government also lifted restrictions on promotions in the state.
In his order, Singh said that the moratorium on promotion was being lifted in the light of a Supreme Court order last month which had set aside a high court ruling, which, in turn, had struck down a state government’s decision dating back to September 2012 not to provide reservation in promotions.
The government order lifts the stay on promotions in state government jobs, educational institutions, public undertakings and autonomous bodies, the chief secretary said in his order.
Reservation in promotions was not a fundamental right, the Supreme Court had said. Citing the operative part of the apex court order to justify the move, Singh said the government order dated September 11, 2019 is revoked so that action on an earlier government order dated Sept 5, 2012 can be taken.