Thursday, December 17, 2009

Govt adopts liberal benchmark for ST, SCs in empanelment of JS, addl secy & secretary; No provision for reservation as yet

THE government has reiterated that there is no provision of reservation for SCs/STs in posts of secretary, additional secretary, joint secretary and director etc. which come under Central Staffing Scheme, but added that at the time of empanelment, every effort is made to empanel officers belonging to SC/ST and are at times liberal benchmarks are adopted as compared to officers from general category. Minister of state in the ministry of personnel, public grievances & pensions Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday gave this information. Currently, out of 88 secretaries in government of India as on December 11, 2009, there are four STs (4.55%) and no SC. Similarly, out of 66 additional secretary level officers, there is only one ST and one SC officer. In case of joint secretaries, out of 249 officers, 13 are SC and 9 are ST officers. There are currently 31 SC directors and 9 ST director level officers. Related Story: Centre tries to attract minorities by offering government jobs (July 11, 2009) ARC's recommendation on capacity building for OBCs The 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) in its 7th Report called “Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution – Friction to Fusion” recommended that government might work out the modalities of a survey and take up a statewise socio-economic survey of the “Other Backward Classes”, which could form the basis of policies and programmes to improve their status. It has also suggested that the government needs to formulate and implement a comprehensive scheme for capacity building of OBCs. The recommendations are under consideration of the government now. It was stated by the minister of state in the ministry of personnel, public grievances & pensions Prithviraj Chavan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Action & Appointments a) Sundeep Kumar Nayak, a 1985 batch JK cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the ministry of mines. b) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Election Commission of India for appointment of Vinod Zutshi, a 1982 batch Rajasthan cadreIAS, presently in the cadre as Officer on Special Duty (joint secretary level) in the Election Commission of India. c) Suresh Chandra Gupta, a 1986 batch Sikkim cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of chemicals & petrochemicals. d) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the ministry of home affairs for inter-cadre deputation of C Sita Rami Reddy, a 1987 batch Punjab cadre IPS from Punjab to Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years, as a special case. e) Dr Nazrul Islam, a 1981 batch West Bengal cadre IPS has been appointed as Executive Director (Security) in the Railway Protection Force for a period of five years or until further order. f) Central deputation tenure of M Rajamani, a 1982 batch Orissa cadre IAS has been extended as senior Deputy Director General (Administration) in the Indian Council of Medical Research under the department of health research for a period till December 31, 2009. g) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the pre-mature termination of appointment of Jiji Thomson, a 1980 batch Kerala cadre IAS, joint secretary in the department of agriculture & cooperation, on his appointment to an appropriate position in the administration of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 under Rule 6 (2) (ii) of the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954, on deputation basis. h) Anindo Majumdar, a 1985 batch UT cadre IAS has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of agriculture & cooperation for a period from the date of assumption of the charge of the post till the completion of his Central deputation period of 7 years, i.e. upto October 15, 2013 or until further orders. i) Sat Pal, a 1979 batch CSS has been appointed as secretary, National Commission for Safai Karamacharis (joint secretary level) under the ministry of social justice and empowerment. j) The appointment of Inder Jit Singh, a 1985 batch Kerala cadre IAS as joint secretary in the department of higher education has been cancelled. He has now been appointed as joint secretary in the department of science and technology instead. k) Inter-cadre transfer of Ms R. Nishanthini, A 2008 batch West Bengal cadre IPS from West Bengal to Kerala has been approved. l) The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the regularization of the period of overstay of Ms Raji P Srivastava, a 1992 batch Punjab cadre IAS for a period from November 2, 2008 to May 5, 2009.


  1. The number of ST/SC officers are still sad, but at the top level, it should always be merit that should matter more. After all, policies are framed by bureaucrats at the top, and their policies impcat common men.


    What is merit and how it is determined in Caste ridden society? Those who talk of merit must read “Annihilation of Caste” written by Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

    • How a biased and vindictive person in position of power and authority would judge the merit of others who are not from his caste or clan?
    • How a Nazi would judge the merit of a Jew?
    • How a Protestant living in Ireland would judge the merit of a Catholic living there?
    • How a Christian would judge the merit of a Muslim?
    • How a racist white man would judge the merit of a black in western world?
    • Similarly, how an upper caste person suffering from caste disease and in position of power and authority would judge the merit of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC person in India?.

    The words like MERIT are empty words and are coined to suit the selfish and sole purpose of keeping the power and authority to oneself. Reservation is a representation. But how the law will operate when those who have to implement it are reluctant to execute it. The fact remains that unless, adequate representation is not provided at all levels in the hierarchy of bureaucracy and in the system of governance, no positive results and developments should be expected by the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes people and officers of this country. The government is shouting from the roof top and writing laurels and accolade that they have moved the mountain by provided 100 days wages @ Rs. 80 per day to one person of poor house hold. How stupid and morally corrupt is such a government when they are selling the pulse at the rate of Rs. 90 to 100. What moral high ground such a government can claim? Must say it is a bunch of shameless creature. Rather than focusing on Education (a Fundamental Right), by creating excellent infrastructure in rural India, it is devoting whole energy on mid-day meal schemes, wasting huge money and encouraging corruption. All these are moves to make SCs/STs from poor to pauper. SCs / STs /OBCs watch out from such moves.

    Why the post of Secretary, Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary and Directors in Government of India cannot be clubbed together under each grade and representation is provided to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes? This can easily be done? But they know, if this is done, the upper castes hegemony in bureaucracy would be over and they would be out of power in no time. This move would dump deep in grave their policies of Nazism even in not so democratic a country like India. But they must know, by such tactics India would never become a force to reckon with at world level. It would fall and become victim to its internal contradictions.

    Manmohan Singh needs to learn from Roosevelt, Nixon, Jimmy Carter as Ronald Regan for their positive and affirmative policies towards blacks in USA and such things he needs to practice here in this country, if this country has to become great Nation.


  3. caste hindus--they want to perpetuate their hegemonostic attitude and to mantain the status qua by hook or crook.they may have brilliancy but don't have soul and heart to uplift the downtrodden and to emancipate the society from so many prejudices.india is a land of contradictions--these contradictions are bound to remain unless these ill-souled people change their hearts.

  4. The abov ecomments indicate ignorance of appointment procedures by the nodal placement agency-DOPT, the officers from SC/ST quota empanelled for Secretary/JS/Director posts have an equal chance of appontent in ministeries as those from General-category; the reference to Ambedkar's observations regarding merit are time and period specific. In today's urbanised metros totally subjective assessenmt of merit by superiors from particular community/race are not amenable solely to personal prejudices due to inbuit checks and presence of unionised SC/ST officers as a pressure group.On the contrary, such pressure groups are often found benifitting to the detriment of merit of general candidates,who are intimidated by abuse of SC/ST attrocities act and similar tactics!

  5. The way sc/st officers are treated, their acrs spoiled and harassment in getting posting is known to all. this should change.