CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav's MY (Muslim-Yadav) formula has now been effectively applied in recent recruitment in the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in the State.
Fifty per cent of the 3231 candidates who have been recruited belong to the two communities. The recruitment for 361 candidates in Azamgarh had been cancelled after a racket was unearthed. The increase in the percentage of Muslim candidates recruited was effected to keep the community in good humour in an election year. Muslim leaders have of late been accusing the State Government of not giving proper representation to the community in recruitments.
However, Yadavs not only have a large share in the OBC category, but have also grabbed a large chunk from the general category. It was largely because of non-availability of candidates in the general category. Sources said 60 per cent applicants were from the OBC category. In the last round of appointments in the PAC in 2004, the percentage of Muslims was five. It has shot up to 14 per cent now. This is unprecedented in PAC history. Of the 80,000 applicants for 3,692 vacancies, ten percent were from the minority community. In 2004, when 1,878 PAC men were appointed, Yadavs' share was 35 per cent, which almost remained static this time.
Lack of “enthusiasm”, as one senior police officer put it, was being cited as main reason for less than 20 per cent applicants in the general category. Most of them were either Brahmins or Thakurs. Both together had a 15 per cent share in recruitment.
Recruitments at Sonebhadra, Gorakhpur, Kanpur Dehat, Balia, Etawah, Etah, Bareilly, Moradabad and Ghaziabad saw a rush of candidates. As against 400 vacancies in Gorakhpur, there were 20,000 applicants followed by 10,000 in Etah, 8,000 in Etawah and 9,000 in Ghaziabad. The minimum number of 5000 applicants was at Sonebhadra where 300 were selected. In Azamgarh, there were 11,000 applicants.
In the recent 5,296 appointments in the civil police, upper castes were the worst affected as 1749 recruits were from Yadav community, which was more than 27 per cent of the OBC quota.
Muslim representation in the last round in civil police recruitment had suddenly gone up to 11.02 per cent, which accounted for 584 Muslim candidates.