Nod for SC/ST Bill

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008 to give statutory backing to the reservation for SC/STs in government jobs.

The Bill, passed amidst noisy scenes by the Opposition, would provide for reservation in appointments or posts in civil services for SC/STs in establishment and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

At present, administrative instructions are issued by the Union government from time to time to provide reservation in appointments to SC/STs in civil services. The Bill will elevate the provisions of reservation to a statutory right.

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