Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) will continue at both the Centre and in the states.

“There was confusion over whether the Supreme Court’s order was applicable for just Central government employees or for state government employees. In our meeting of ministers, it was cleared that the reservation is for both Central and state government employees,” Paswan told reporters after attending the meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The apex court had said last week that the government was not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law, subject to further orders.

On June 5, the Supreme Court permitted the Centre to go ahead with reservation in promotions to certain categories of staff in accordance with law but did not stay a Delhi High Court judgment that quashed an office memorandum on such reservations.