GUWAHATI, June 15 - The All Assam Tribal Sangha has demanded special steps to accommodate the scheduled tribe (ST) and scheduled caste (SC) candidates against the 15,000 reserved posts that are lying vacant in various State government departments for the past several years.
The Welfare of the Plains Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT and BC) Department had, at the meeting of its advisory council on May 19 last, decided to direct the State government departments to take steps for the purpose of filling up these vacancies.
But to accomplish this, the State government should adopt a special absorption scheme by amending Clause 5.1 of the 1983 Rule of the amended Assam Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Posts) Act, 2013 to relax the provision of Zone Consideration, so that the vacant posts could be filled up through promotion, said the Tribal Sangha.
In different departments of the State government the backlog posts under the legislation for reservation for the ST (Plains) stand at 5,107, while the backlog posts for the ST (Hills) under the same legislation stand at 7,048. The total number of backlog posts for the SC candidates in the State government departments stands at 2,845.
These backlog posts mostly belong to the departments of water resources, public works, education, home and health, said the Tribal Sangha.