Representation of SCs and STs in Central Services is now more than the prescribed percentage of reservation: Ministry of Personnel

“As per information received from 78 Ministries/ Departments, including their attached/ subordinate offices, the representation of SCs, STs and OBCs in the posts and services under the Central Government, as on 01.01.2016, was 17.49%, 8.47% and 21.57% respectively, the Ministry of Personnel informed the Lok Sabha today, on July 17, 2019.
“Representation of SCs and STs is more than the prescribed percentage of reservation, (15% and 7.5%, respectively). The representation of OBCs in the Central Government services is 21.57%, which is less, as compared to the prescribed percentage of reservation for them. However, the reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) has shown an increasing trend since it started in September, 1993. As per available information, representation of OBCs, as on 1.1.2012, was 16.55%, which has increased to 21.57%, as on 01.01.2016,” said Dr Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
“The Ministries/Departments collect data from all their administratively controlled units, spread across the country, and submit consolidated data to the Department of Personnel and Training. Out of the 79 administrative Ministries/Departments, required to submit data, 78 Ministries/ Departments have submitted data in respect of representation of SCs, STs and OBCs, as on 01.01.2016. As regards data, as on 01.01.2017 and 01.01.2018, 75 and 61 administrative Ministries/ Departments, respectively, have submitted such data,” he added.
Department of Personnel and Training monitors the progress in respect of filling up of backlog reserved vacancies for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) by ten Ministries/ Departments, having more than 90% of the employees in Central Government. Department of Personnel and Training has already issued instructions to all Ministries/Departments to constitute in-house Committees to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study root cause of backlog reserved vacancies, initiate measures to remove such factors and fill up such vacancies through Special Recruitment Drives, the minister said in the parliament.