Gen category members take out candle march in Jammu

Hundreds of members from general category including, heads of  several many biradaries,  employees, students and women took out a large candle march in the winter capital city here this evening demanding implementation of J&K High Court orders on `no reservation on promotions’ for the employees of the reserved categories.
Under the banner of Joint Action (General Category), and led by presidents of Brahman Sabha Ved Parkash Sharma, J&K Rajput Sabha Narayan Singh, Mahajan Sabha Vinod Gupta, president Civil Secretariat Employees Association Ghulam Rasool and many others including a large number Gazetted and Non- Gazetted employees, students, educationists, members of social and trade organizations, engineers, lawyers etc. joined hands together and came out on the roads to draw the attention of the Government highlighting their concern towards strict implementation of the High Court orders in letter and spirit with regard to No Reservation in Promotions.
Hundreds of  members from general categories assembled at Parade Ground at around 5.30 pm and then started candle march towards old city areas. They were carrying banners and placards in hands demanding implementation of High Court orders, “No Reservation in Promotions.” After passing through Raj Tilak Road, Purani Mandi, Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazaar,  Shahidi Chowk, Residency Road and Raghunath Bazaar, the torch- light procession culminated at Shalamar Chowk, near Ranbireshwar Temple. They were warmly received with candles by the traders at Raghunath Bazaar. Some Biradari heads and trade unionists also addressed the huge gathering and demanded that reservation in promotions be brought to an end as it was helping only a few families who are already well off  and well placed in strata of society.
They pointed out that High Court of J&K after thorough assessment of situation of J&K Reservation Rules 2005, found them violating the basic Fundamental  `Rights to Equality’ an enshrined in Constitution of India. Therefore, the High Court struck down these reservations in promotions rules as well as quashing certain promotion orders issued since last 15 years.  This judgment has come in wake of Supreme Court judgment on the subject ‘Reservation in Promotions’, wherein, Supreme Court from time to time has held reservations as `unconstitutional & illegal’.
They said the Joint Action Committee seeks immediate implementation of High Court orders in letter and spirit and believes that certain MLAs/ Ministers are giving statements which are a mockery of legal justice system and breach of oath, they had taken while assuming the charge of such positions. The Committee has full faith in the Judicial and democratic system of this country and the justice granted to the general category employees be honoured, they maintained.

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