Now, Khattar-led Haryana govt to collect caste data of all employees

Jat quota issue:  Withdraws 55-year-old order that barred using ‘religion and caste’ of employees in official records.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2017 09:39 IST
Pawan Sharma
Pawan Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The Haryana Backward Class Commission (HBCC) has sought information about the caste data of all the employees — from Class 1 to Class 4 — from the state government following the Punjab and Haryana high court ruling in the Jat reservation case.(HT File )

The Haryana government on Wednesday withdrew a 55-year-old official order that barred using “religion and caste” of employees in official records and issued instructions to gather “caste data” of the three lakh-odd employees.

The Haryana Backward Class Commission (HBCC) has sought information about the caste data of all the employees — from Class 1 to Class 4 — from the state government following the Punjab and Haryana high court ruling in the Jat reservation case. The high court has said the HBCC will decide if the Haryana government can breach the 50% ceiling in giving reservation.

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP state government has to place the quantifiable data by November 30 before the commission. Based on this data, the HBCC will submit a report by March 31, 2018, on the basis of which government will take a decision on the reservation issue.

In this backdrop, the government on Wednesday withdrew Punjab government’s August 20, 1962 circular about “deletion of religion, caste etc from all government records.”

The government on Wednesday withdrew Punjab government’s August 20, 1962 circular about “deletion of religion, caste etc from all government records.

“…These instructions (of the 1962 circular) shall not be applicable in the state of Haryana in future,” reads the letter government issued while directing all heads of the departments, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and top functionaries of boards, corporations and public sector undertakings to start the caste data preparation exercise.

“It has been decided that in order to comply with directions of high court all departments/boards/corporations shall provide information of caste data of all the employees under their control,” reads the two-page order the office of the chief secretary has issued.

The government has directed that every employee will submit a self-declaration to the head of the department on a specifically drafted “self declaration of caste of government employee” document.

All the heads of the department will have to “ensure” that the caste data of the employees under their control is entered in the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) by October 10 positively. While the state government will place before the HBCC the “quantifiable data”, the commission will be at liberty to seek the data/information from the state government, the welfare of scheduled caste and backward classes department etc.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 09:39 IST