Of­fi­cers’ post­ings: Yogi plays SC/ ST card

◗ The num­ber of DMs be­long­ing to OBC castes is 16, which is 21.3 per cent of the posts

The Asian Age - - Nation - AMITA VERMA

With the Lok Sabha elec­tions knock­ing at the doors, the sun has started shin­ing bright for OBC and dalit of­fi­cers in the Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment.

As part of its agenda to woo dal­its and OBCs, the Yogi gov­ern­ment has started giv­ing im­por­tant po­si­tions to dalit and OBC of­fi­cers in the state gov­ern­ment. This is the first time, that in a non- BSP gov­ern­ment, the dalit of­fi­cers are be­ing given choice post­ings in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to sources in the per­son­nel depart­ment, there are nine dalit of­fi­cials posted as dis­trict mag­is­trates at present which is about 9 per cent of the to­tal num­bers of of­fi­cials in the same rank.

The num­ber of dis­trict mag­is­trates be­long­ing to OBC castes is 16 which is 21.3 per cent of the posts.

At the com­mis­sioner level, the num­ber of dalit of­fi­cials is 3 which amounts for 16.6 per cent and the OBC of­fi­cers at this level are 4 which is 22.2 per cent. Sim­i­larly, in the po­lice ser­vices too, OBC and dalit of­fi­cers have been given pref­er­ences. The ADG level of­fi­cers in Go­rakh­pur and Bareilly be­long to the dalit cat­e­gory while the IG and DIG rank of­fi­cers posted in Varanasi, Aza­m­garh and Mirza­pur be­long to the same caste group.

“There are more than two dozen dalit of­fi­cers who are holding com­mand­ing po­si­tions in the gov­ern­ment. This is in con­trast to the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment when of­fi­cers be­long­ing to one caste group in the OBC cat­e­gory were given prime po­si­tions”, said an of­fi­cer in the per­son­nel depart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to BJP sources, the idea be­hind giv­ing im­por­tant po­si­tions to dalit and OBC of­fi­cers in the dis­tricts is to check atroc­i­ties on the de­prived sec­tions of so­ci­ety.

“If a dalit of­fi­cer is posted as dis­trict mag­is­trate or po­lice chief, he will be more re­cep­tive and re­spon­sive to the com­plaints com­ing from dal­its,” said a BJP func­tionary

— PTI

Artistes dur­ing the film­ing of a song for the up­com­ing Kar­nataka As­sem­bly elec­tions in front of Vid­hana­soudha in Ben­galuru on Fri­day.

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