MUMBAI: The state cabinet sub-committee meeting on ‘reservation in promotion’ witnessed heated arguments on Wednesday. Energy minister Nitin Raut (Congress) expressed his anger at the state decision to cancel 33% reservation promotion posts, questioning deputy CM and chairperson of the sub-committee Ajit Pawar (NCP). Raut, a member of the sub-committee, demanded a stay on the decision to fill 100% promotion posts based on ‘seniority’ without any reservation. A senior official said a legal opinion has been sought from the law and judiciary department, which is expected in a week.
In April 2021, the state government had decided to keep 33% posts vacant so that these could be filled by promoting candidates from backward classes, subject to the SC’s final verdict. On May 7, the general administration department headed by CM Uddhav Thackeray ordered that all posts be filled by promoting candidates only on the basis of seniority.