Akhilesh orders roll back of Mayaâ€™s reservation promotion policy Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine In a major amendment, the new CM has asked for the reservation policy for the promotion of SC/ST officers to be suspended In a major reversal of the policy decision of the previous Mayawati regime, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered for the roll back of the policy of reservation for the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (SC/ST) in promotion of government officers and employees. The highly controversial order of the Mayawati government issued in December 2008 was quashed by the Allahabad high court in January 2011. The Mayawati government, however, decided to challenge the high courtâ€™s order in the Supreme Court. Since the matter became sub judice, it blocked the promotional avenues of close to 2 lakh officers and employees in over 56 government departments and PSUs. The worst affected were three PSUs in power sector, irrigation and public works department. UP chief secretary Javed Usmani, on Tuesday, issued a circular outlining the priority areas of the new government. The circular directed the department of personal and training to formulate the policy for the promotion of officers and employees as per the directions of the Allahabad high courtâ€™s judgment delivered on 4 January, 2011. The Dalit organisations have condemned the step terming it as retrogradeâ€”against the interests of the downtroddenâ€”while OBC and general category officers have welcomed the move. â€œThis decision of the new government is violation of the Supreme Court order, which had directed the maintenance of status quo. We will wear black badges from 5 April to protest against the circular issued by the chief secretary,â€ said AK Dohrey, secretary of the Save Reservation Committee. The officers of the UP Power Corporation Limited and other engineering departments have welcomed the initiative. â€œUP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has restored the principle of merit and seniority in the matter of promotion of the officers and employees. The previous BSP government had placed caste above merit and seniority,â€ said Shailendra Dube, president, Anti Reservation Committee, an umbrella organisation representing officers and employees of all the government departments and PSUs. The previous Mayawati government in December 2008 had implemented the controversial policy of promotion for the SC category officers and employees in all government departments and PSUs. The order provides for the promotion of SC category officers with consequential seniority. This order was resented by all other categories of officers and employees and over 50 writ petitions were filed in Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court in January 2011 quashed the order providing reservation in promotions to state employees belonging to SC/ST. A bench comprising justices Pradip Kant and Rituraj Awasthi said the order was invalid, ultra virus and unconstitutional. The bench pronounced the judgment while disposing of 50 writ petitions challenging the UP Government Servantsâ€™ Seniority Rules (3rd) Amendment 2007, whereby the state government had inserted Rule 8A. The court quashed all seniority lists prepared by the various departments under provisions that provided for consequential seniority along with promotion for the SC/ST employees. The court had also directed the government and various departments to make fresh seniority lists in accordance with the law. The then BSP government decided to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court and challenged the order of the Allahabad high court. The arguments in the case in Supreme Court were completed on 15 February and the order is expected soon. Mayawati, during her third stint as UP chief minister, had issued the orders for the reservation for SC/ST in the matter of promotion. The succeeding regime headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav had withdrawn the order in May 2005. This order was again implemented by Mayawati in December 2008 during her fourth tenure as the chief of UP.