House Panel slams govt. over vacancies

Home Dept. tops list with 17, 493 posts for SC, ST, OBC unfilled

The parliamentary panel on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has pulled up the government for “dismal implementation” of the reservation policy, pointing out that in six key ministries, over 7,000 posts reserved for the Scheduled Castes, over 6,000 for the Scheduled Tribes and over 10,000 for the Other Backward Classes remain unfilled.

In a strongly worded report, the standing committee, headed by BJP MP Bhupender Yadav, said the statistics point to a serious malaise.

“Mounting number of backlog vacancies year-on-year points to a serious malaise afflicting the entire recruitment system as a whole,” the report states.

The panel has directed the central government to hold special recruitment drives to fill the vacancies without further delay.

“The Committee also feels that the government should take stock of the situation, identify the root causes of backlog vacancies and take remedial measures,” it noted.

The top six ministries that the committee has highlighted are the Departments of Posts, Atomic Energy, Defence, Railways, Housing & Urban Affairs and Home.

The highest backlog of unfilled posts in reserved category is in the Home Ministry, where 5,850 posts for SCs, 5,383 posts for STs and 6,260 posts for OBCs remain vacant.

The panel that was reviewing Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Central Vigilance Commission and Union Public Service Commission has also pointed out many other gaps in the bureaucracy.

Voicing concern over shortage of 1,494 IAS officers, the Committee called for addressing the problem of deficit of bureaucrats afflicting the Indian administration quickly.

The Committee has also recommended that there should be no random posting of the IAS officers suggesting instead that they should be categorised according to their skill set, aptitude and interest. Clusters like rural, social, financial should be made.

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