No Quota in Promotion in PSU Banks – Honorable Supreme Court of India has given the verdict on their own decision exactly a year after holding that officers belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) can claim reservation in promotion from level 1 to level VI grade, the Supreme Court on Friday admitted that it had committed a mistake while passing the verdict and clarified that there can be no reservation in promotion.
The judgment was delivered on review petitions filed by the Central Government, Central Bank of India Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Employees’ Welfare Association and others against the apex court judgment of January 9, 2015.
The apex court had on January 9 last year held that “though there was no provision for reservation in promotions in banks for officers from scale-I on wards but relying on an office memorandum issued by department of public enterprises in November 2004 ruled that officers belonging to SC/ST category be given reservation in promotion.”
Though the bench rejected quota for SC/STs, it said: “It is for the state to take stock of the ground realities and take a decision as to whether it is necessary to make a provision for reservation in promotions from Scale I to Scale II and upward, and if so, up to which post. The grievance of the employees belonging to SC/ST category is that there is negligible representation of employees belonging to their community in the officers’ category at all levels. Keeping in view the statistical figures which have been placed on record showing their representation in officers’ scales, it would be open to the concerned authority, namely the state and the banks, to consider whether their demand is justified and it is feasible to provide reservation to the SC/ST category.
“It is clarified that at present there is no provision for reservation in promotion by selection only in respect of those posts which carry an ultimate salary of 5,700/- per month (revised to 18,300 and 20,800/- per month) … that would be in respect of Scale-VII and above. Therefore, to carry out promotions from Scale-I upwards up to Scale-VI, reservation in promotion in favour of SC/ST employees has to be given,” the court had said in its last year verdict.