Representation of SC/ST/OBC officers in Government 

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The number of Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries excluding equivalents in the various Central Government Ministries/ Departments  appointed under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) and belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs are as under:

Sl. No. Posts SC ST OBC Total
1. Secretaries 3 3 -* 70
2. Joint Secretaries 24 10 10* 278
3. Deputy Secretaries 4 3 10 45


*Details of officers recruited under the general category prior to introduction of OBC quota are not maintained.

To fill up the posts of Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries in the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India under the CSS, the officers of various services participating under the CSS are considered for empanelment/retention to hold these posts. These posts are not cadre posts of any service. Out of the empanelled officers, those who give their option for deputation are considered for appointment for Joint Secretary & above under the CSS. There is no provision for reservation in the posts under the CSS. However, at the time of empanelment every effort is made to empanel officers belonging to SC/ST categories; if necessary, by adopting liberal benchmark as compared to officers of General category.

 This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. Bhalchandra Mungekar in the Rajya Sabha today.