Reservation in Promotion: SAPAKS in protest mode, new political party on the horizon in Madhya Pradesh

Newsroom24x7 Staff

SAPAKS and SAPAKS Samaj executive met in Bhopal today. Photo shows (L to R) SAPAKS founders Dr. K.S. Tomar, Ajay Kumar Jain, SAPAKS Samaj president Lalit Shastri and SAPAKS Society vice president B.L. Tyagi

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Madhya Pradesh led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be on the receiving end in the coming days on the issue of reservation in promotion as SAPAKS Society formed by State government officers and employees belonging to the general category, backwards and minorities and SAPAKS Samaj – a society formed by the people – today announced that across the State they would be observing April 30 as “Nyay Divas” (Justice day), May 10 as “Kala Divas” (Black Day) and June 12 as “Dhikkar Divas” (Reproach Day).

This was decided at a meeting of the State Executive and district level office bearers of SAPAKS Society and SAPAKS Samaj here today. On this occasion, Lalit Shastri of SAPAKS SAMAJ also disclosed the intention to provide a political alternative in Madhya Pradesh by forming a new political party.

It has been decided by SAPAKS to mark April 30 as Justice Day as it was on this day last year that the Jabalpur High Court had passed the order declaring as null and void the 2002 Madhya Pradesh Rule which provides for reservation in promotion. The High Court Court also ordered the retrenchment of all those promoted under the scrapped rule.

SAPAKS will observe May 10 as Black Day as on this day in 2016, the Madhya Pradesh Government had challenged the Jabalpur High Court order (on reservation in promotion) in the Supreme Court. On June 12, 2016, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while speaking at a meeting of AJJAKS (an organisation of State officers and employees from the SC/ST categories), had taken the general category employees head-on by stating: “Koi Mai ka lal reservation nahi hata sakta” (no true son of a mother can end reservation). The Chief Minister had also used this platform to convey that the State Government will pay for the battery of lawyers pleading the case in the Supreme Court for the SCs and STs.

SAPAKS SAMAJ is clear in its stand that 67 years after India became Republic, reservation should be there only on economic basis and not on caste lines. It also wants that the provision for reservation in promotion, which is playing havoc with the career prospects of Government officers and employees from the unreserved category should be scrapped, the creamy layer concept should be applied for every one benefitting under the reservation regime and there should be a review of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to prevent its misuse.

The meeting of SAPAKS Society and SAPAKS Samaj was called here today to chalk out the future strategy to carry forward the movement that has gained considerable momentum on the issue of government officers and employees who are suffering due to the State Government’s failure to implement the court order on the reservation in promotion issue and also its blatant efforts to prolong the case in this matter in the Supreme Court.

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