Monday, December 14, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Centre to de-reserve SC, ST quota in jobs

Centre to de-reserve SC, ST quota in jobs
By By Our Correspondent
Dec 14 2009

Dec. 13: The Centre has worked out a plan to de-reserve posts which
are otherwise meant only for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes
(SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
A ministry of personnel, P.G. and pensions, department of personnel
and training, office memorandum (OM) says such an unlocking of quota
could be done in the "larger public interest" as many posts in the
government lie vacant despite the numerous special recruitment drives
to hire SCs, STs and OBCs. The government, in its OM, has told all
ministries and departments that they might propose de-reserving such
While conceding that there is a "general ban" on de-reservation of
reserved vacancies in cases of direct recruitment, the OM, a copy of
which is with this newspaper, says: "How-
ever, in rare and exceptional cases, when a vacancy cannot be allowed
to remain vacant in public interest, the administrative ministry or
department may prepare a proposal for de-reservation of vacancy."
The government has left the issue to the subjective wisdom of the
authorities to take a call.


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