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Updated: September 5, 2012 17:15 IST

Promotion quota bill set for delay

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Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at Parliament house, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: R.V.Moorthy
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Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde at Parliament house, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: R.V.Moorthy

A contentious bill providing for reservation to SCs and STs in government job promotions is set for a delay notwithstanding the urgency displayed in bringing it, with government on Wednesday citing paucity of time in passing it during the current session of Parliament.

The indication that the bill will be delayed was given by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held consultations with him and Defence Minister A.K. Antony soon after introduction of the proposed legislation saw a scuffle between members of Samajwadi Party and BSP in Rajya Sabha.

“There is no time now,” Mr. Shinde told reporters when asked whether the Constitution Amendment Bill would be passed by Parliament in the ongoing monsoon session.

On the strong opposition to the bill witnessed in Rajya Sabha, he said, “We will convince them. It is a question of giving justice to the SC/STs who have been struggling for ages.”

He said the Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were keen to have such a law in place.

Mr. Shinde disapproved of BSP chief Mayawati’s bitter remarks calling Congress and BJP ‘snakes’

“It cannot be said. Our intention is very clear. The intention of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi is very clear. Justice has to be given to them,” he said.

Mr. Shinde said Congress had also tried to bring the bill earlier but had not succeeded.

He said SC/ST MPs and MLAs have been demanding for the past two-three years reservation in promotion in government jobs.

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When the bill is intended to amend constitution and ensure special categories get benefit of reservations,it needs support from all parties
that involves time.UPA2 certainly lacking sufficient numbers to make the
bill passed to amend constitution,need to hold discussions on wider
scale with it's own congress party members and others who are part of

from:  vrkrishnan
Posted on: Sep 5, 2012 at 16:06 IST

Let them delay it forever!!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Sep 5, 2012 at 15:53 IST
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