News By/Courtesy: Anshika Jain | 04 Sep 2020 9:58am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gujarat government passed a general resolution in 2018 restricting women from reserved categories to compete in the general category
  • Women from reserved categories protested against the said general resolution passed in 2018 and the protests finally led to judicial scrutiny of the matter by the Gujarat High Court
  • The High Court on 2 September 2020, ruled against the general resolution passed in 2018

In 2018, the Gujarat government passed a general resolution that restricted the women belonging to reserved categories to compete in the open or general category.

On 2 September 2020, the High Court through a two-judge bench presided over by Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Vikram Nath ruled against the said general resolution passed in 2018. It was unanimously held by the bench that the women competing for posts in Gujarat Public Service would be considered based on merit for various posts and this applies to women from reserved categories as well.

Post this judgment, recruitment will take place based on reservation quotas. The judgement finally settled the issue that had been raging for over two years in Gujarat. The judgement was awaited by the women who have cleared examinations and are waiting for placements now.

30 women from reserved categories protested against the general resolution passed by the Gujarat government in 2018, and this finally led to judicial scrutiny by the Gujarat High Court.

The Gujarat Public Service Commission had numerous vacant seats for the post of a police inspector. The Commission recommended that recruitment for the vacant posts should be done on merit even for women belonging to reserved categories. A petition was then moved by the women from the unreserved category in the High Court stating that the General Resolution that was passed in 2018 did not allow for women from the reserved category to compete with women from general categories. There were numerous petitions pending before the Gujarat High Court which contested the general resolution passed by the Gujarat government.

To correct the historical injustices, reserved categories were introduced in the public service institutions in the country. Reservations are considered important to allow people from depressed classes and groups to find work/employment and live a life of dignity. This, however, does not mean that people from reserved categories are barred to compete in the general/open category if they have the required scores to compete in the general category. 

The raging issues of reservation for recruitment of women in the police service have been the crux of the judgement that has been passed by the High Court. The issue has been raging since 2018 between the Gujarat government and the women who have been applying for state recruitment from reserved as well as unreserved categories, however, the judgement was passed on 2 September 2020 after continuous protests for two years by women from reserved categories.

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 04 Sep 2020 12:29pm IST


Tags : #GujaratGovernment #GeneralResolution #ReservedCategory #GeneralCategory #HighCourtOrder

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