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Only a 10th of disabled quota filled, OBCs way short of central job quota

In terms of community reservation, too, the SCs, STs and OBCs are short of their quota in central government jobs.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2015 4:34 am
 central job quota,  central job disabled quota,  disabled central job quota, disabled candidates, disabled candidates quota,  central government posts, disabled candidates job quota,  SCs, STs, OBCs,  SCs STs govt job quota, india news, nation news The reservation is 3 per cent for the disabled category but only 0.3 per cent (9,339 out of 29.59 lakh) of the present central government workforce belong to that category.

At a time when the country is celebrating Ira Singhal’s achievement in topping UPSC, the fact remains that disabled candidates occupy only a 10th of the central government posts reserved for them. The reservation is 3 per cent for the disabled category but only 0.3 per cent (9,339 out of 29.59 lakh) of the present central government workforce belong to that category, according to an RTI reply to The Indian Express from the Department of Personnel and Training.

The DoPT said in its response dated June 30, 2015, that the data is for 71 departments of the Union government. The government has 91 departments, including the President and Vice President’s secretariats, but DoPT did not specify which departments are absent from the information provided. The data does not include contractual staff and consultants because they do not come under the purview of reservation.

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In terms of community reservation, too, the SCs, STs and OBCs are short of their quota in central government jobs. The shortfall is actually only among the OBCs, who represent 17.7 per cent of the workforce against a quota of 27 per cent, implying that roughly a third of their quota has been filled by non-OBCs. The SCs and the STs, in fact, either exceed or match their quota.


The actual representation of the three groups adds up to 43 per cent (SC 17.6, ST 7.7 and OBC 17.7) when the quota for them is 49.5 per cent (SC 15, ST 7.5 and OBC 27). This implies that 6.5 per cent of occupied government posts, or 13 per cent of the reserved 49.5 per cent, have been occupied by employees of the general category when these should have been reserved.

Of the total central government strength of 29.59 lakh, 5.19 lakh belong to SCs, 2.28 lakh to STs and 5.24 lakh from OBCs. The remaining 16.87 lakh account for 57 per cent when the balance for the general category works out to 50.5 per cent.

For the gap in representation of OBC employees, a possible reason is that reservation for OBCs started only in 1994 based on the Mandal Commission report. Again, the representation of disabled employees is poor evidently because reservation for them was introduced only in 2004. The highest representation of the disabled is among Group-B employees, with 1.6 per cent belonging to that category. In all other employee groups, they count for less than 1 per cent.

The SCs, STs and OBCs have their highest representation among safai karmacharis followed by Group-C excluding safai karmacharis. The OBCs’ representation is slightly higher in Group-C (other than safai karmacharis) in comparison to SCs but in Groups-A, B and C (safai karmacharis) the OBC proportion is lower than that of SCs.

Among Group-A officers, general category employees have the highest representation (69.3 per cent). In Group-B, too, 67.4 per cent officers belong to the general category. Among safai karmacharis, the general category count falls below 50.5 per cent to 43.4, mainly because of the high SC count.

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  1. Ashutosh Anand
    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:55 am
    Why do you guys give misleading data? OBC reservation was provided after Indira Sawhney case in 1993. So if you have to compare their strength to their reservation, you will have to see the percentage of OBC candidates recruited after 1994. which would eventually turn out well above 27%. The reservation was not provided retrospectively . Same is the case with PH candidates. In their case the reservation was provided just a few years ago. So there is no way they could have occupied 3% of total places in all the departments. SCc and STs were provided reservation from beginning and that's why their strengths are above their required quota.
    1. A
      Dec 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm
      OBCs are treated as untouchables even if they are doctors? shocking indeed.
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Jul 14, 2015 at 7:58 am
        As regards the disabled persons quota it is believable as one does not see many when visits the offices. But SC/ST and OBC it is difficult to believe. From the appearance and the way most of the staff look and behave one is tempted to believe that the w office is flooded with them. It will be best to stop this reserved quota altogether. Or better if the quota is not carried over to next years but filled from general category. Or the last alternate of 'By the reserved, of the reserved and for the reserved' and be doomed.
        1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Jul 14, 2015 at 11:48 am
          I want to tell one more thing. In the government dispensary there were few doctors one of whom was from the reserved category. While other doctors have long queue in front of their rooms, this man was left to himself to read news papers. No patient disturbed his peace.
          1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
            Jul 14, 2015 at 11:46 am
            These things are not taught. It is developed by observation. A couple of days back I went to the bank for some business. I had to get my pbook updated also. I gave the pbook or put it in front of the clerk he was doing it. I waited but he did not respond or anything. At least he should have the curtsy to say that as soon as he finishes his job he will do it or something like that. To me he looked sort of indifferent. I had some business with the officer inside also. After my work with the officer was over I casually asked whether the clerk making entries in the pbooks is a union leader. The officer just looked in that direction and told he is and asked me why I asked that. I told that when I had been to him I felt so. The indifference in work is the trade mark of any trade union official. Like that one can smell a reserved category employee generally. There will be exceptions of course.
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