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10:59:10 pm 13-February-2018
Guwahati, 13th Feb (northeastnews): Ramdas Athawale Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment informed that Assam has a massive backlog of 11852 vacancies which includes 2930 in Scheduled Cast category and 8922 vacancies exist for Scheduled Tribes even after they managed to fill up 1744 vacancies for both categories during last one year after a special drive was launched for the same.
Ramdas Athawale, addressing the media after holding a review meeting to take stock of the efforts made to fill up the backlog informed that the meeting was attended by different government departments besides government undertaking like NF Railway, BSNL, HPCL and BPCL.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment informed that Assam has 408,000 handicapped people but was not able to give the back log in vacancies though there is large scale resentment amongst physically challenged people of their not getting jobs despite repeated assurances by the union and state governments.
Ramdas informed that his ministry has organised 7000 camps where they have distributed equipment and artificial body limbs to over nine lakh physically challenged people worth 350 Crore rupees.
On the question of lack of facilities to physically challenged people in the state the Union Minister after repeated questions promised to hold a social survey at the earliest.
Talking about good record of NF Railway, the Union Minister informed that they have an employee base of 59499 with zero employment lag for SC/ST which includes 492 officers in Grade A (SC 101, ST 95), Grade B has 227 employees (SC 61 and ST 26) with C and D group having 56930 employees (SC 8938 and ST 6252).
He said similarly BSNL Assam Circle which has more than 5000 employees also has very little backlog like 8 for Scheduled Casts and 13 for Scheduled Tribes which they have promised to fill up soon.
The Union Minister while talking about OBC Communities said after the Mandal Commission implementation 27 years ago the number of communities under OBC was 3743 in the country but it has now increased to more than 5000.
He said a bill to give Constitutional status to OBC Commission has been placed in the Parliament for approval and has been passed by Lok Sabha but due to some amendments proposed by opposition the bill is awaiting approval of Rajya Sabha, once approved and passed the OBC Commission like SC and ST commission will also have Constitutional status thus giving them more powers.

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