17 yrs to Mandal, but only 7% OBCs in jobs


Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai; Date: Sep 5, 2010; Section: Times Nation; Page: 15

17 yrs to Mandal, but only 7% OBCs in jobs

D Suresh Kumar | TNN

Chennai: Nearly 17 years after the implementation of 27% quota for OBCs in central government jobs on the basis of the Mandal Commission report, a mere 6.87% of employees in various union departments in Groups A, B, C and D services belong to the group.

Thus 20% posts across categories reserved for OBCs remain unfilled, raising doubts on the effective implementation of the panel’s recommendations. Documents obtained under RTI Act by Chennai-based biomedical engineering and activist, E Muralidharan, say that just 1,93,228 OBC employees including 2,430 sweepers were employed in different central government departments as on January 1, 2008.

The union personnel, public grievances and pensions ministry has said that the quota for OBCs was implemented from September 8, 1993. According to info provided by the ministry, only 5,031 Group A officers belonging to OBCs were employed in central services, which constitutes just 5.5% of the 91,881 employees recruited in that category. Likewise, the percentage of Group B employees was only 3.9% (1,37,272) and that of Group C 8.1% ( total 18,10,141) and the composition of Group D employees excluding sweepers was 5% (total 6,96,891). Of the vacancies for sweepers only 3.2% were filled with OBCs, which indicates that very few OBCs applied. In contrast, 51.4% of the 75,901 sweepers in central government offices are SCs and 6% STs.

Muralidharan had sought to know the total number of posts under Group A, B, C and D categories in all central government offices; and the percentage of OBCs employed in these posts as of 2009. However, the ministry said that details of the total posts weren’t centrally maintained. With respect to the OBC employees, it said that information was available only as of January 1, 2008 and the information for 2009 was yet to be received. The ministry said the statistics “doesn’t include information in respect of six ministries/departments” but didn’t name them.

However, implementation of quota in government jobs has been by and large successful when it comes to SCs and STs. Of the 22% vacancies reserved for SCs, 17.45% (4,90,773 jobs) have been filled. In case of STs, 6.83% of the 7.5% vacancies earmarked for them have been filled up.

What A Waste

Just 1,93,228 OBC employees, including 2,430 sweepers, have been employed in different central government departments till January 1, 2008

The reservation for OBCs had been implemented since Sep 8, 1993, on the basis of Mandal commission report

Only 5,031 Group A officers from OBCs were employed in central government services. The percentage of Group B employees was only 3.9%, Group C was 8.1% and that of Group D employees excluding sweepers was 5%

Of the vacancies for sweepers, only 3.2% were filled with OBCs, which indicates that very few persons belonging to these communities applied for the post

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