At a time when the state government is carving out additional quotas for backward communities, nine candidates of the Sahariya community in Baran district are fighting a court battle to get their rightful place in government jobs.
The candidates, who belong to an ST community, had applied for the post of senior teacher (Grade II) based on an advertisement published by Rajasthan Public Service Commission on June 1, 2011.
The candidates said they passed the written test and have all the pre-requisite qualifications. But they were denied job though the posts (senior teachers in social science and Hindi) were reserved for their community.
As per the RPSC advertisement, 1,494 senior teacher posts (in social science and Hindi) were supposed to be filled. It said that 171 seats are reserved for SC, 126 for ST, 222 for OBCs, 185 for ex-servicemen and the remaining for general category. Out of the ST quota, three posts each in Hindi and social science were reserved for the Sahariya community.
The reservation was based on a state government directive (dated September 9, 2007) that 25 per cent of government subordinate services apart from state services shall be filled from Sahariya ST caste, 6 per cent from ST category, 8 per cent from SC and 10 per cent from OBC.
Later on, when the candidates, using RTI Act, accessed details of the appointments made to the vacancies, they found that none of the six appointees belonged to their caste or region. Pointing to irregularities in the appointment process, Jagdish Chand Sahariya along with eight others moved the Rajasthan High Court in July against the RPSC, Education Department and six others who secured the posts in the examination.
In October, the court asked RPSC to file a reply to the allegations of the petitioners. But the RPSC is yet to respond.
Meanwhile, the court has suspended the appointment to the posts till the issue is resolved. The next hearing is slated for December 14.