Ahead of elections in five states, the Union Cabinet today cleared a proposal to fill pending vacancies in Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories in the central government, a move that will benefit around 50,000 people.
The proposal, discussed and approved in the Cabinet meeting held here this morning, comes soon after the government decision to allow 4.5 per cent reservation to the minorities within the OBC quota.
Sources said a cabinet note circulated earlier stated that the government had failed to fill up SC/ST vacancies in the central government. The last such effort was made in 2008 when the government had launched a special recruitment drive for these categories.
Though implementation of this decision will be possible only after the polls are over as the code of conduct is in force, its announcement is apparently aimed at sending a signal to dalits and tribals in poll-bound states, especially Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Both UP and Punjab have sizable dalit population and the Congress has been trying hard to woo them. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has tried to influence the dalit votebank and wean them away from Mayawati-led BSP.
The decision comes close on the heels of the earlier government move to give reservation to minorities. This was seen as a move to win over Muslims in Uttar Pradesh.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 13th January, 2012
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M.No. 9(7)-E.III (A)/98 dated 5th August, 1999 regarding the rate of qualification pay of Rs.60/- p.m. to the Auditors/Accountants in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department and certain other organized accounts cadres and the Clerks Grade II in the Railway Accounts Department. The matter regarding revision of the rate of this qualification pay consequent to revision of scales of pay on the basis of recommendations of the Sixth CPC has been under consideration of the Government for sometime past. The President has now been pleased to decide that the rate of qualification pay may be enhanced from Rs.60/- to Rs.120/- p.m. with effect from the date an individual elects to draw pay in the revised scale of pay under CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.
2. The qualification pay shall continue to be treated as part of the pay for the purpose of fixation of pay on promotion to the next higher post.
3. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders have been issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
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