A senior engineer in the Public Works Department, recently demoted from the post of Superintending Engineer to Assistant Executive Engineer, is the among those who have started protesting in Bengaluru seeking their reinstatement to their original posts.

Close to 4,000 government employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes were demoted after the Supreme Court, in February 2017, ruled against the consequential seniority, which provides reservations in promotions.

Many have joined the protest jointly called by Federations of several SC/ST government employees associations.

With the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority To Government Servants Promoted On The Basis of Reservation (To The Posts In The Civil Services Of The State) Act, 2017, coming into force after being notified following the President’s assent, the associations are urging the government to implement the provisions of the Act forthwith.

‘How is it fair?’

“I held the assistant executive post in 2004. In 2018, because of the failure of the government, I have been demoted to the same post. How is this fair to me? It was not my fault that consecutive governments violated the 15% and 3% reservation norms for SCs and STs respectively,” the engineer, who is serving in north Karnataka said. However, government wants to go before the court and seek a modified order in this respect to the court’s earlier order which had struck seniority.

While the government has already announced that a decision on the promotion-demotion issue will be taken after July 27 when the matter comes up for hearing in Supreme Court, the aggrieved officers are anxious.

For, a petition, by the general category employees, against the newly enacted law is also expected to come up before the court.

Meanwhile, engineers claim that more than 90% of the demoted employees have not taken up the new demoted jobs yet in the hope that it would be reversed.

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