SC clears 3% reservation for disabled in jobs and promotions in all Govt jobs including in IAS
The Supreme Court ruled 3% quota for disabled persons in all government jobs including IAS. A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha held that the disabled people have not got their due in the last 19 years even though the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed in 1995.
The government argued that reservation cannot be given in case of promotion to Group A and Group B officers category as it is not a case of appointment and held that the the Persons With Disabilities Act provides for 3% quota for the differently-abled people.
The bench, however, noted that ‘appointment’ is a wider concept and the Centre is giving a limited interpretation of it. Therefore, Supreme Court permitted the reservation in all classes of government jobs containing in the matters of appointment, selection, direct-recruitment, deputation and also for promotions. The bench held that the principle of not exceeding 50% reservation would not be valid while allowing quota for differently-abled people.
The bench ruled that the purpose of the reservation policy, as envisioned by the Parliament, was indisputable that the differently-abled people must get the advantages with no technical hurdles.