SWD to issue 100 pc roster for reservation to clear decks for stalled recruitment process

Quota goes up to 60 pc besides 10 pc horizontal
*Deptt may approach poll body in view of MCC

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Apr 18: On being approached by the Public Services Commission (PSC) and Services Selection Board (SSB) for issuance of 100 percent roster for fresh recruitments following reservations granted to Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Pahari Ethnic Tribe, Paddari Tribe, Koli and Gadda Brahmins, the General Administration Department (GAD) is reported to have asked the Social Welfare Department (SWD) to come up with the order, if required, with the permission of the Election authorities.
Official sources told the Excelsior that issuance of 100 percent roster by the SWD is mandatory requirement for initiating recruitment drives by the PSC and SSB as it will define new percentage for recruitment following addition of new castes and categories which have taken reservation to 60 percent besides 10 percent horizontal reservation.
“The recruitment drive will be initiated by two prime recruitment agencies once the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is presently in place in Jammu and Kashmir due to Parliamentary elections is over,” they said.

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Out of 60 percent reservation in the Government jobs, 20 percent has gone to Scheduled Tribes (STs)-10 percent each to Gujjars and Bakerwals and other tribes who were already getting quota and Pahari Ethnic Tribe, Paddari Tribe, Koli and Gadda Brahmins; eight percent to Scheduled Castes (SCs), eight percent to OBCs, 10 percent to Resident of Backward Areas (RBA), 10 percent to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and four percent to ALC/ International Border (IB).
Besides, there has been 10 percent horizontal reservations including six percent for ex-servicemen and four percent for physically handicapped.
As per the officials, there have been nearly 6000 vacancies pending before the SSB including 4750 in Police Department alone. Rest belongs to the different departments. Similarly, there are vacancies lying with the PSC which is responsible for recruitment in the Gazetted cadre.
“Only after issuance of 100 percent roster by the Social Welfare Department, the recruitment bodies can undertake the drive for advertisement of vacancies and other processes like written tests etc,” the sources said, adding the SWD can take permission of the Election Authorities in case there is bar on issuance of the roster during the Model Code of Conduct.
Once the roster is released, the recruitment drive will be taken up, they said, adding the drive will pick up only after June 4 when the MCC is lifted.
It was in the last Parliament session of the present Government that the OBCs, Pahari Ethnic tribe, Paddari tribe, Koli and Gadda Brahmins were granted reservations. Later, the Union Territory Government issued notification granting eight percent reservation to OBCs and separate 10 percent quota to Paharis, Paddaris, Koli & Gadda Brahmins in ST category.
The OBCs were also granted reservation in Panchayats and Municipalities. However, the percentage of reservation in the local elections to the OBCs is yet to be fixed. Elections to Panchayats and Municipalities were due in October-November 2023 but were deferred due to reservation of OBCs.
Sources said once percentage of reservation for OBCs in Panchayats and Municipalities is fixed, the delimitation and rotation of Wards will be taken before conduct of the elections. The exercise is, however, expected to be taken up after the lifting of the Model Code of Conduct.