Presence of SCs, STs in Govt Jobs still inadequate, Govt tells Apex Court

A day after being asked to submit data on representation of Scheduled and Scheduled Tribes in Central Govt to justify reservation in promotion, the Centre on Wednesday placed data of nineteen Ministries & told the Apex Court that SCs comprise 15.34%, STs 6.18% & OBCs 17.5% of a workforce of 1,23,155.

Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh told a bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice Sanjiv Khanna & Justice B R Gavai that data of only 19 ministries could be compiled & assured the Court that more comprehensive statistics on the representation of SCs & STs would be filed in the coming days.

Earlier, the Attorney General had told the bench that there are 53 departments that are under the control of the Central Govt & there are 5,000 cadres of employees working in them.

On Wednesday, Singh told the bench that in the 19 ministries surveyed, 18,898 are from Scheduled Castes (15.34%), 7,608 from Scheduled Tribes (6.18%) & 21,656 (17.5%) from Other Backward Classes. He, however, clarified that there were some anomalies in the data as SC & ST employees who got jobs in the general list are also included & also adequacy of representation differs in different classes of employment with a higher percentage in Class 3 & Class 4, but very low in Class 1. He assured the bench that class wise data would be placed before the bench.

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