Panel to suggest ways of increasing employability

The government has set up a committee to analyse the reasons behind the huge backlog in vacancies under reserved categories.

A 20-member committee headed by the secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, will suggest steps to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates.

An analysis of data and consultation with various Ministries indicated that lack of finishing skills or interview skills, less availability of professionally qualified persons, less identification of posts for persons with disabilities, dearth of professionally qualified persons, especially in hearing-impaired category of disability, were some of the reasons for less number of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and persons with disabilities in the government sector.

The committee members are from various Central government ministries, including Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Railways, and the Union Public Service Commission and the Railway Recruitment Board. The committee will submit its report within three months.

The government had launched a special recruitment drive to fill the backlog in reserved vacancies of the SCs, STs and OBCs in November 2008. The progress of the drive was reviewed in July 2011, and it was decided to relaunch the drive to fill the remaining vacancies by March 31, 2012.

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