80 per cent of SC/ST vacancies to be filled

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: In the first such interaction of this kind since 1977,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday told members of the Parliamentary Forum of Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe MPs that the Government would ensure that at least 80 per cent of vacancies in the SC/ST job quota within the Government set-up would be filled by the end of this calendar year.

Dr. Singh said market forces would not be able to address the needs and aspirations of the weaker sections of society. He told them that the Government had a role and obligation in providing access to education and health care and there could be no turning away from this reality. Referring to the Supreme Court judgement on reservations in private educational institutions, Dr. Singh said the Government would protect effective equality of opportunity.