Ministries fail to furnish data on hiring of minorities

Only 16 depts gave details

Ministries fail to furnish data on  hiring of minorities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be trying hard to project a minority-friendly face, but majority of ministries and departments seem to be unenthusiastic.

Most of the ministries and departments have not furnished data on recruitment of minority community members during 2014-15 as part of the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme for their welfare despite two reminders.

The deadline had ended on April 30 but only 16 ministries and departments have submitted the data with Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

In a letter to over two dozen ministries and departments, which have not filed its data, the DoPT said two letters were written to them — first on April 10 and then on May 13 — reminding them about the requirement of the furnishing the statistics.

The May 26 letter by Joint Secretary Mamta Kundra, however, minced no words in the callous approach of some of the ministries and departments, as it indicated that even during UPA regime too, the ministries and departments were reluctant in providing figures.

“It is brought to your notice that last year this Department could not furnish the complete annual data for the year 2013-14 (when UPA was in power), due to non-furnishing of the information by some of the ministries/departments,” the letter said.

Government order

The Ministries and Departments are required to provide statistics about total number of employees, total number of persons employed during the fiscal and total number of persons from minorities who were employed during the year.

As per government order, the report from ministries and departments should clarify the reasons for decline, if any, in percentage of recruitment of those from minority communities as compared to previous year’s data should be indicated.

A senior official said such data is important for analysing the progress of the scheme. It also gives an overview of the progress made by communities.

Six communities in the country have been notified as minority communities. Jains are the latest to enter the club while Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis were notified earlier.
DH News Service

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