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Caste sops in police recruitments

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 01:28 IST
M Hasan

Yadavs get lion’s share this time too

IF THINGS continue this way, virtually every third policeman in the lower rung of the state force will be a Yadav, who, like last year and the first round of recruitments this year, continue to dominate the second round of recruitments in the department.

According to information from the government, against the total recruitment of 5,296 constables in the second round, 1749 recruits are from the Yadav community, which is more than 27 per cent (32.2 pc to be precise) reservation for backward classes.

Interestingly, Muslims representation in the recent round has also suddenly gone up. While in the previous two rounds of recruitments in PAC and civil police, the Muslim percentage was not more than three, now it has gone up to 11.02 per cent.

A senior IAS officer told Hindustan Times that there was a flurry of activity at all 16 recruitment centres only after instructions were issued to “increase Muslim percentage up to 15”. Thus in the current round, 584 Muslim candidates have been appointed. Muslim leaders have of late been accusing the State government of not giving proper representation to the community in recruitments.

A lowdown on the total 5,296 vacancies will read thus: 1218 (23 per cent) were reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Though the backward class quota of 27 per cent came to around 1,429 posts, Yadavs alone accounted for 1,749. When contacted for comments, the police officers, who were involved in the month-long recruitment at various centres, were tightlipped about the percentage of other backward classes and upper castes. Minus the SC-ST reservation, only 4078 vacancies were left. Of it, 33.2 per cent went to the Yadav community while 1745 vacancies were left for all other communities, including the upper caste.

Data available from the centres were quite interesting. Of the total 470 vacancies in Mainpuri, 209 have gone to Yadavs, which is 44 per cent. Similarly in Etah 156 (total 370), Kannauj 190 (total 400), Azamgarh 148 (total 400), Ghazipur 142 (total 370), Budaun 120 (total 370) Yadavs were inducted in the force.

In Moradabad, (total vacancies 270) 70 Muslims (25.9 pc) were recruited which was the highest followed by Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Mainpuri, Kanpur Dehat, Kannauj and Saharanpur.

Fresh recruitment in the PAC for 1,864 constables has already started. It may be recalled that in 2005, of the total 1878 candidates recruited, there were 656 Yadavs, 167 Chamars and 110 Muslims. Other communities shared the rest of the vacancies.