No SC, ST, OBC candidates for 40 pc ‘backlog vacancies’

While the SP and BSP spar in Parliament over quotas in job promotions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, a government report admits that a special promotion drive since November 2008 for these communities achieved less than 60 per cent of its target.

As of March 2012, various departments and state-run undertakings could fill only 17,898 of the 30,968 identified vacancies in promotion quota, a success rate of 57.79 per cent, says the note from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to the Cabinet.

It accepts that eligible candidates were not available "even in the extended zone of consideration" — in other words relaxation in the required experience at a lower post — for 11,615 vacancies.

The reason for the tardy progress was that "backlog vacancies in promotion quota can be filled only when eligible candidates become available in the feeder grade". And that was depicted by the results of the direct recruitment drive that was launched alongside.

The situation was nearly similar in direct recruitment at 59.16 per cent, with the various arms of the government giving jobs to 27,540 SCs, STs and OBCs in the same period as against the identified backlog vacancies of 46,552 posts.

According to the report, the collective success rate was 58.61 per cent, with 45,438 of the 77,520 backlog vacancies getting filled over nearly three-and-a-half years even after two extensions to the scheme — first in December 2010 and then in July 2011 — until March 31, 2012. The initial date of conclusion at the time of the launch was June 2009.

"Scholarships, vocational training etc do not seem to achieve the desired results of enhancing the employability of SCs, STs, OBCs, as visible from the gap between the backlog posts and filling up posts. There are certain employments which require qualifications as simple matriculation or graduation and there does not seem to be a problem of employability of reserved category candidates," reasons the DoPT.

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