Merit leeway in job quota

New Delhi: A job seeker entitled to reservation benefits would still be recruited under the general category if he has qualified on a par with general candidates in merit and eligibility, the government has clarified.

What this means is that such a candidate's recruitment will leave the volume of reserved seats in his category intact, the department of personnel and training has said, iterating a 20-year-old policy.

A parliamentary panel on the welfare of the Other Backward Classes recently found that some government agencies were violating these norms.

Raju Saraswat, an undersecretary, has in the clarification cited a recent Supreme Court judgment that said: "Reserved category candidates can compete for non-reserved posts and in the event of their appointment to the said posts their number cannot be added and taken into consideration for working out the percentage of reservation."

Saraswat's clarification also quoted two earlier orders from the department of personnel and training that stressed the same point in 1997 and 1998.

Hansraj Suman, a leader of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC teachers' association in Delhi University, hoped the universities would follow the norms given the apex court ruling and the government reiteration.

But Sudhanshu, who teaches at a Delhi University college and uses a single name, was sceptical.

"The administration is loaded with upper caste people. They have always tried to sabotage deserving candidates from the Dalit, tribal and OBC communities," he said.

"They don't call reserved category candidates to interviews if the post is unreserved. I doubt that a letter by a government department will change their attitude."


Back to top icon