Thiruvananthapuram: The government is coming up with a plan to stop detection of denying or distortion of reservation for Scheduled Caste/Tribes. What concerns job applicants is the decision to abolish Employment Cell-B of Public Administration Department which used to conduct investigations in different departments and locate cases where special recruitment subversions happened.
The decision is in line with a recommendation in the 2020 report by a committee related to reducing and regularising the work load of Public Administration Secretariat. As per this recommendatiopn, Employment Cell-B is to be merged with Cell-A with a concurrent abolition of the posts of Section Officer and Assistant.
It was discovered that ever since January 2014, Public Administration Secretariat was not collecting data about employees for special recruitment. It was also found that there were not enough representation of Scheduled Castes in the posts of Special Secretary, Additional Secretary and Joint Sescretary. Complaints were also raised that many vacant posts, which were reserved for Scheduled Caste/Tribe and found out by the Employment Cell, were not being reported to PSC.
As per statistics until 30 Sep 2019, Scheduled Castes had 52 gazetted posts, 761 non-gazetted and 888 last grade posts. Schedule Tribes had 127 gazetted, 910 non-gazetted and 42 last grade posts. The complaint is that 90 per cent of these positions were not reported to PSC.
At the review meeting held on 7 January 2019, it was decided to examine the matter of reporting reserved posts to PSC. However, the latest decision of merging Cell-B with Cell-A will in effect result in blocking the follow-up of that decision.