Cabinet committee constituted to examine reservation roster policy, Madan Kaushik becomes president

The government has formed a cabinet committee to examine the reservation roster policy applicable to the posts of direct recruitment in government service. Urban and Housing Minister Madan Kaushik has been appointed as the chairman of the committee. The committee includes Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal and Minister of State for Women Empowerment and Child Development (Independent Charge) Rekha Arya. On the instructions of Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Personnel Radha Raturi on Friday issued a mandate to constitute the committee. The committee will make its report available soon.

On September 11, the government had issued a new roster policy to implement a reservation system for various categories of posts for direct recruitment in government services, corporations, public enterprises, and educational institutions. The first position in the old roster was reserved for a Scheduled Caste employee, who has been dropped from the new roster to the sixth position. Cabinet Minister Yashpal Arya also objected to this and requested the Chief Minister to get the roster tested. The reserved class employees had also raised a demand from the Chief Minister and the Governor to get the roster tested and implement the old roster. After this, the Chief Minister directed the government to constitute a committee to get the roster tested. In order of these instructions, the Department of Personnel and Vigilance has constituted the committee.

All three members should be new, the new roster is doubtful, so why not the old one
Uttarakhand SC-ST Employees Federation’s state president Karam Ram has raised questions on the cabinet committee set up to examine the reservation roster policy prescribed for direct recruitment posts in the state. According to him, the Federation believes that the three members of the committee should be new. He also raised the question that when the new government has doubts on the new roster and it has to be tested, then why was the old roster not implemented? He demanded Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to implement the old roster.

The Cabinet Committee constituted for the determination of roster policy was in the hands of Cabinet Minister Yashpal Arya. The new roster policy was decided on the committee headed by Arya. However, Arya later wrote to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that the reservation roster’s decision should be reconsidered. He made this request to the Chief Minister based on the demand letter of the SC-ST Employees Federation. This stance of Arya came openly against the General and OBC Employees Association. Arya came under the target of the association. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister announced the formation of a committee to test the roster policy. The command of this committee has been handed over to Madan Kaushik instead of Yashpal Arya. The committee has two old members and Arya has been replaced by Minister of State Rekha Arya. The SC-ST Employees Federation says that when a new committee was formed, all its members should be new.

No tampering with the new roster on the welcome committee

State President of Uttarakhand General OBC Employees Association Deepak Joshi has welcomed the formation of the committee. Also cautioned that any tampering in the new roster will not be tolerated. He said that 20 percent reservation was being given in the old roster relative to the 19 percent SC population. The SC reservation now stands at 19 percent after the new roster is implemented, which is correct.

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