Haryana hikes backward classes quota in govt jobs

Hooda later said more than Rs 500 crore has already been given as scholarships to government school students belonging to weaker sections.

By: Express News Service | Chandigrah | Published:June 16, 2014 12:50 am

The Haryana government Sunday increased the quantum of reservation for people belonging to backward, special backward and economically backward classes in direct recruitment to Class I and II posts.

A cabinet meeting, headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, decided that as against the current 10 per cent reservation for backward classes, now it will be 10 per cent for backward classes (A) and 5 per cent for backward classes (B).

Similarly, the quantum of reservation for special backward and economically backward classes has been increased from the existing 4 per cent to 5 per cent. The existing provisions and quantum of reservation for other categories will remain the same.

Further, the government decided that employment will be granted to the dependents of two policemen and a jawan, who laid down their lives in the service of the nation, as a one-time measure by amending its regularisation policy. They included Tejbir Singh (son of the late ESI Balwan Singh), Surena Devi (wife of the late constable Rakesh Kumar) and Bharti (wife of the late subedar Dharmesh Sangwan, member of the Indian Peace Keeping Force).

While Balwan Singh and Rakesh Kumar had sacrificed their lives while fighting anti-social elements and criminals, Dharmesh Sangwan died in Sudan.

Hooda later said more than Rs 500 crore has already been given as scholarships to government school students belonging to weaker sections. The government is giving scholarships to 20 lakh students, he added.

Referring to the recent Lok Sabha elections, Hooda said: “Some promises were made to the people and they thought that after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, diesel will be sold at a rate of Rs 40 per litre and milk at a rate of Rs 20 per litre… Today, these hopes are turning into disappointments.”

“In 2005, when the current (state) government assumed office for the first time, Haryana ranked no. 14 in per capita investment, now it is at no. 1…,” he added.

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