With its promise of inclusive growth heading for possible political scrutiny in an election year, the government has sought details of ground-level action on the recruitment of scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) candidates in public sector companies to see if they have walked the talk on filling posts that often go vacant.
The department of public enterprises (DPE) has asked all the 217 operational central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to furnish the details of their recruitments.
“Each PSE would consolidate the information received from all appointing authorities under and shall send the DPE by March 31 every year,” the DPE said in communication to all CPSEs last month.
These enterprises have been asked to submit two separate reports. The first report would contain total number of SC, ST and OBC employees in the company and the number of new such employees appointed in the preceding calendar year.
The second report would have details of SC, ST, and OBCs persons employed in various grades of Group A services in the company.
“All administrative ministries and departments are requested to furnish requisite information by July 18,” a top government official said.
But appointments of “sweepers and safai karamcharies” should not be included in the reports. “Such inclusion results in inflating the figures of representation of SCs in Group D posts,” the communication said.
While the practice of furnishing representation of SC, ST employees in annual reports have been in place since 2003, officials said the government has now sought more comprehensive details.
“It has been made clear that the reports relate to persons and not to posts. Therefore, the posts vacant should not be taken into account,” the official said.
Of the 217 companies, 59 are loss making and 156 are profit making, while two are not making any profits. An estimated 17-lakh employees work in these organisations.
Last year, the government had asked India Inc to incorporate employment data of SCs and STs in their annual reports.