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HC stays Haryana's decision to reserve 20% seats for SC staff

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the Haryana government's recent notification reserving 20 per cent seats for Scheduled Caste employees in departmental promotions.

On a petition filed by Dinesh Kumar Sharma and other assistants in the Haryana Civil Secretariat, Justice Amit Rawal yesterday while issuing <g data-gr-id="12">notice</g> to the state for October 16, stayed its May 15 notification.

The petitioners, all general category candidates, submitted that they were appointed as clerks in May 1990 and March 1992, before being promoted to the post of assistants according to seniority. But, their chance of further being promoted as deputy superintendents has been marginalised due to the recent notification, they said.

The BJP government had announced the decision on May 15, providing the quota benefit to Class III and IV staff with effect from April 1, 2013. It was pointed out that the representation of Scheduled <g data-gr-id="13">Caste</g> employees in the cadre of assistants was more than 20 <g data-gr-id="15">per cent</g>. 
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