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5% quota cap on compassionate appointments may go

New Delhi: In a significant move, the government is mulling to do away with the fixed quota for granting appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a government servant dying in harness.
According to sources, the Centre has taken a note of the proposal of government employees unions and considering removing the 5 percent quota ceiling to fill vacancies in every department on compassionate grounds.
The move would provide much relief for dependent family members of army jawans, police personnel, railways employees, bank officials and several other departments of the central government.
"The proposal of employees unions to increase compassionate appointments quota from existing 5 percent to 10 percent was pending with the Ministry of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) for several years. After deliberating over the issue with all stakeholders, the government has concluded that there should not be any quota cap in granting appointment on compassionate grounds to dependent families," a source said.
Since every department is bound to adhere to the 5 percent quota to provide jobs to claimants under the dying in the harness scheme, the waiting list of job seekers has increased manifold resulting into financial losses to dependents that have lost their bread-earners.
"The DoPT is aware of the fact that ministries of Defence and Railways are flooded with employment under the compassionate ground requests, and both the ministries are trying their best to accommodate as many as possible in accordance to the set guidelines," the sources in the ministries said.
"The objective behind removing compassionate appointment quota is to employ every potential dependent whoever meets the set norms," the sources said.
Commenting on the move, Brijesh Upadhyay, who is general secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, told Millennium Post that government must do away with the quota system in employment under the compassionate ground scheme as there are several families in the waiting list.
Slamming government for not opening vacancies on compassionate grounds, Upadhyay said, "Technically, there are vacancies, but practically no one is getting employment under the scheme as most of C and D grade staff are hired on contract."
Notably, employment under the scheme is not confined to the ministry/department/office in which deceased/medically retired government servant had been working. Such an appointment is given anywhere under the government of India depending upon availability of a suitable vacancy meant for compassionate appointment.
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