The Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be determined to come out from his government’s anti-Dalit image and making hectic preparations to sent a positive signal to them with several pro-Dalit inititaves.
First the Cabinet decided decided to bring an amendment bill for the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which, if passed by Parliament, will turn the clock back to the original law that had provisions for an FIR without any preliminary enquiry and immediate arrest of a person.
Secondly, it ade a strong pitch in the Supreme Court for reservation to SC/ST government staff in promotion and urged the Supreme Court to re-visit a 12-year-old verdict.
The 2006 verdict had ruled against quotas in promotions for the creamy layer and that employees belonging to SC/ST could get guaranteed promotions only if the government comes up with hard data to justify the quota.
Attorney General K K Venugopal urged the Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices Kurian Joseph, Rohinton Nariman, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indu Malhotra to review the Nagaraj verdict which had imposed three conditions — identification of backwardness, compelling reasons, and inadequate representation for grant of quota for SC/ST in promotions.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for Centre, said that SCs and STs are presumed as backward and there was no need to have a quantifiable data to prove that such categories of employees suffered from backwardness.
Venugopal said that in job promotions also the SCs and STs must account for 23 percent or the real motive for reservations will get defeated. He said that the reservations were given to SCs and STs Categories to correct a wrong as they had suffered for more than 1000 years.