The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has taken a serious note of the significant absence of tribals in Gujarat Vidyapiths Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI). The institute has only two tribals in the staff body despite repeated representations to the state government.
NCST will officially take up the issue on Saturday with its officials and the state Tribal Development Department,at the TRTI campus. NCST Regional Office Director G S Somavat will chair the meeting.
As earlier reported by Newsline TRTI,had in its 46 years of existence,reserved seats for ST candidates in its recruitment procedures just once. At present,the ST representation in the institute is limited to just two staffers in the Class I and II categories.
Somavat was very critical of the state governments approach towards ST representation in various government institutions. He said: We have been following up the matter with the Gujarat government for the last two years. But the state government is yet to provide the concerned data to NCST. He added: We know that there is a huge backlog of ST reservations in Gujarat that the government needs to fill. This is the precise reason the government is shying away from furnishing the details.
The issue had came to light after the institute,in reply to an RTI application,divulged details of its recruitment notifications from 1962 to 2008. The RTI reply said that up till 1993,the institute had not provided ST reservations in any class of employees in its recruitment.
TRTI officials said similar meetings had taken place in the past as well,the most recent being on November 29,2006. But the state government has not taken any corrective action till now, said Kishore Chowdhury,Secretary,Aadivasi Adhyapak Mandal,Gujarat. Somavat had presided over the meeting then also and the discrepancies were brought to his notice.