The government managed to pass the quota in promotions bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Despite strong opposition from the Samajwadi Party, the bill finally got the backing of 194 members while 10 voted against the legislation in a House of 245. But the bigger hurdle is in the Lok Sabha where the SP has a larger chunk with 23 MPs.
Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy, who introduced the Bill, said it seeks to correct the “inadequacy” in representation of SCs and STs in higher positions in government jobs. “We are convinced that they are backward per se. The government is committed to providing reservations in promotions.