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OBCs just 17% in govt depts

OBCs just 17% in govt depts
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The Central government on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that the representation of OBCs (other backward classes) in several government institutions was 17.74 per cent. In the 69 central government departments, there are 5,23,721 OBCs out of a total of 29,52,080 employees.

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that the representation of OBCs (other backward classes) in several government institutions was 17.74 per cent. In the 69 central government departments, there are 5,23,721 OBCs out of a total of 29,52,080 employees.

OBCs constitute about 50 per cent of the population. However, their representation in the government sector is meager, contend the BCs organisations. The 17.74 per cent representation in government services is not adequate when compared to their population strength, they point out.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Jitendra Singh, listed out several reasons for the lower representation of OBCs in government services. One reason is that the reservations started only from 1993 and the candidates appointed before the introduction of reservation are not included for counting the representation. There was a time gap between vacancies and filling up posts..

Sometimes the posts remain vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates. Some of the selected candidates do not join the service or leave after joining as they get better opportunities elsewhere. Reservation in central government jobs for OBC, SC and ST candidates is provided at the rate of 27 per cent, 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively. Various time-bound measures have been identified and intimated to Ministries and Departments to fill up such backlog vacancies.

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