From: Siddhartha Kumar <email@example.com>
To: zestcaste <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, 7 November 2011 3:53 PM
Subject: [ZESTCaste] Quantum jump in SC/ST officers in govt jobs
Quantum jump in SC/ST officers in govt jobs
Amitabh Sinha Posted online: Mon Nov 07 2011, 01:21 hrs
New Delhi : Thanks to the policy of reservation, the representation of
Scheduled Castes in higher-level government jobs has increased nearly
eight times in the last 45 years while the proportion of Scheduled
Tribes has shown an almost 20-fold jump.
The proportion of SCs in Group A government jobs was only 1.64 per
cent at the beginning of 1965. That had risen to 12.5 per cent by
January 2008. Similarly, the share of STs in top government jobs
increased from a meagre 0.27 per cent in 1965 to 4.9 per cent in 2008,
according to data in the latest brochure on reservation brought out by
Even in the lower levels of bureaucracy, the reservation policy has
had a similar impact, as 2008 figures show. From 13.17 per cent as of
January 1, 1965, the share of SCs in all government jobs increased to
17.51 per cent. STs now have 6.82 per cent of all government jobs as
compared to 2.25 per cent in 1965.
This is the first time the government has brought out such a brochure
since reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) was introduced in
1993. The previous such brochure in fact came out in 1993 itself.
However, the impact of reservations on OBCs during these years has not
SCs and STs have been eligible for reservation in government service
from the time of Independence. As of now, SCs, STs and OBCs get 15 per
cent, 7.5 per cent and 27 per cent reservation respectively in all
government posts where appointment is done by open competition.
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