Reservation in Promotion case: MP Government should stay neutral and extend help to both sides says SAPAKS Samaj
Bhopal: SAPAKS Samaj Society, which represents the general unreserved category, backward communities and minorities, has written to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and made an appeal to the Madhya Pradesh Government to remain neutral towards all sections of Government employees and officers instead of going out of its way to support a particular section in the reservation in promotion case in the Supreme Court. [Click here to read SAPAKS Samaj appeal in Hindi]
In a statement released to the press here today, SAPAKS Samaj President Lalit Shastri points out that the Madhya Pradesh Promotion Rule 2002 was quashed and declared non-est by the Jabalpur High Court on 30 April 2016. Instead of honoring this order, the Madhya Pradesh Government chose to favour a particular section and challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court and as a result of an interim order issued by the apex court all promotions have been stopped and as a result, administrative efficiency has been adversely affected in the State.
The statement says, from new items published by different newspapers, it has been gathered that the Madhya Pradesh Government, for presenting its own case in the Supreme Court, has sanctioned Rs. 4 crore for the payment of fees to advocates representing the Government in Supreme Court. It has also been conveyed through these reports that the State Government also treats the Rules for reservation in promotion as unconstitutional but at the same time it does not want the SC/ST officers who have taken benefit of these rules to be reverted. The Government is expected to remain neutral towards all its employees and officers and desist from being partial towards any particular section. In the present case, the Government’s stand is discriminatory. Unfortunately, this is creating a class-struggle like situation.
It has been further stated that it is highly objectionable that the State Government is making attempts to project what has been declared as unconstitutional by the High Court as correct and proper despite knowing very well what will be the outcome of the case. This is a very serious and amounts to doing injustice on majority of State government employees and officers.
It is strange, SAPAKS Samaj says the Government is not taking due interest in seeing to it that the case is disposed quickly whereas efforts should have been made to speed up the matter for the future of hundreds of thousand officers and employees and for the sake of administrative efficiency.
SAPAKS goes on to observe that the Government should have uniform approach towards all those working with the Government. Hence the society is making an appeal and urging the government to extend help to both sides involved in this matter. The Government should also refrain from putting obstacles and delaying the hearing in this case so that the dissatisfaction that has spread across the government set up could be contained and normalcy restored.