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By A Staff Writer

Bengaluru: The State Government has accepted the recommendation that position reserved for OBC quota should not be filled by candidates from other communities or from members of other reserved categories. The recommendation was made by a Legislature’s Committee for Welfare for Backward Communities and the Minorities. The 20-member Committee was headed by Mr. Tanveer Sait, MLA. The committee had five members from the BJP, nine from the JDS, and two each from among the Congress and Independents.
The Committee recommended that if suitable candidates were not available from the reserved category of OBC for certain vacancies, the position will be kept vacant and fresh applications will be called for every six months. The Committee found that several positions reserved for OBC were filled by members of other communities during the last 20 years. It also detected gross irregularities in recruitment of teachers in 32 universities and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation in the State. Under the five recommendations accepted, a monitoring cell would be constituted in every department to keep any eye over compliance with reservation quota and to centralize the recruitment in each university.
It was also pointed out that the dominant communities were manipulating reservation quota due to roster system. For instance, the members of dominant communities in recruitment committees would assign lecturers vacancies for departments like Telugu, Tamil, Music, Sanskrit etc for Muslims under IIB category under which the community was eligible for four per cent positions. This would be done knowing fully well that no such candidates would be forthcoming from among the Muslims. Hence the vacancies would be placed for general category candidates in the next round of recruitments. This led to complete denial of quota benefits to the communities concerned.