Most posts in reserved category filled up: cabinet

February 23rd, 2009 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The government has filled up most of the vacant posts reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in the last five years, reflecting an overall success rate of 89 percent, the cabinet announced Monday.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the government has narrowed the backlog of 63,642 posts reserved for the Scheduled castes and Tribes by filling 56,169 posts in the last five years.

Of the 27,358 seats reserved for direct recruitment, 20,705 have been filled - reflecting a success rate of 78.5 percent, Chidambaram said.

“Of the 36,284 seats reserved for the promotion category, there were no eligible candidates for 11,366 seats. So after extending the zone for selection, we have been able to fill 35,464 posts,” Chidambaram added.

“This translates into a success rate of 97.7 percent for the promotion category and an overall success rate of 89 percent,” he said.

“The cabinet has noted these figures with satisfaction,” the minister pointed out.

The cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) went on an overdrive during their back-to-back meetings, clearing a staggering 60 agenda items during the three-hour meeting.

This is the first time in recent months that the cabinet and the CCEA have cleared so many items in a single meeting.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee presided over the meeting in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is recuperating from coronary bypass surgery.

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