Cabinet nod to filling SC, ST and OBC vacancies in central jobs
The proposal, discussed and approved in the Cabinet meeting held here this morning, comes soon after the government decision to allow 4.5 per cent reservation to minorities within the OBC quota.
Sources said a Cabinet note circulated earlier stated the government had failed to fill up the SC/ST and OBC vacancies in the central government. The last such effort was made in 2008 when the government had launched a special recruitment drive for these categories.
Though implementation of this decision will be possible only after the polls are over as the code of conduct is in force, its announcement is apparently aimed at sending a signal to the Dalits, STs and OBCs in poll-bound states, especially Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Both UP and Punjab have sizable Dalit population and the Congress has been trying hard to woo them. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has tried to influence the Dalit votebank and wean them away from the Mayawati-led BSP.
The decision comes close on the heels of the earlier government move to give reservation to minorities. This was seen as a move to win over Muslims in Uttar Pradesh.
Sources said it was found that the SC quota in central government jobs was not being filled up by at least half a dozen ministries.
The ministries were directed to take
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