A person availing reservation in state jobs on grounds of being a "backward" cannot claim the same privilege in the Centre unless declared so by the Union Government as well, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled. The tribunal passed the order in response to a petition by four members of the Jat community -- recognised as Other Backward Classes (OBC)in the Delhi state region -- seeking quota benefits for employment as Lower Division Clerks (LDCs) in the Employees State Insurance Corporation Limited, a Central Government firm.
They reported for duty after clearing the selection process, but were not allowed to join on the ground that they did not figure as OBC in the Central Government list and hence were not entitled to quota benefits. The petitioners pleaded before the tribunal that the selection was for the Delhi region, so the OBC candidates belonging to Delhi and coming under the OBC list of the state should be considered for appointment.
The tribunal, however, refused to grant any relief to them and dismissed their petitions. "In our considered opinion, it would not matter that the recruitment has been made for specific regions, including Delhi region, for grant of benefit of reservation to the candidates in the OBC list of the Government of NCT of Delhi," said a bench headed by V K Bali. "What is material is that the recruitment is being made for an agency of the Central Government," the tribunal said.