KERALA: The LDFG (Left Democratic Front Government) in Kerala has initiated a special recruitment drive for OBC (Other Backward Classes) to fill the lack of representation of OBC in Kerala Government Services. The decision was made by a high-power committee presided by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan which met last week. Data collection about the existing representation of OBCs in Government, Public Sector and Self Governing Institutions has already began.
Earlier, the Kerala PSC (Public Service Commission) had reported to the Government that no candidates belonging to certain OBC communities in Kerala could be found for few crucial positions in some of the Government Departments. There are currently 74 departments under the Government of Kerala.
In the meeting held last week, the Public Service Commission was instructed to look into the possibility of a direct recruitment from a specific community, when no candidates from that community is found even after two notifications.
The Government of Kerala led by Communist Party of India (Marxist) had earlier decided for a special recruitment drive for filling the lack of representation of SC (Schedule Tribe) Communities. 871 posts reserved for SC (Scheduled Caste) and ST communities were vacant, according to the official statistics (1 January 2017), before the beginning of this special recruitment drive. As many as 150 adivasi youth has already been inducted in various Government services, like Police, Excise, and Forest department, as a part of this drive. This includes 52 males and 22 females who were recently recruited to Kerala police, among which one of them is the sister of Madhu, an adivasi youth who was recently murdered in a mob lynching incident in Kerala.
OBC in Kerala is composed of a numerous communities from the most prominent Ezhavas, to Muslims or Mappilas, and Latin Catholics. Members of Scheduled Caste communities converted to Christianity is also considered as OBC in Kerala.
A special web portal was instituted for coordinating the data collection activities. Once the data collection is over, steps including special recruitment will begin. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has categorically instructed the department heads that the data collection must be completed in a time-bound manner.
(With Inputs from Newsclick.in)