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Very few minorities in government jobs: Report

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Published : Jan 19, 2017, 1:46 am IST
Updated : Jan 19, 2017, 6:37 am IST

The corresponding percentages come to around 4.8 and 4.3 per cent.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: A government report has raised serious concerns over members of the minority community constituting a miniscule percentage (not more than five per cent) in the Delhi police, DDA and even departments such as tourism and transport. The Delhi Minorities Commission has shared the findings in its annual report (2015-16), which was submitted to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday, who promised action based on the recommendations.

Under the head “Representation of Minorities in Government Services”, the report said only 2,993 personnel of the 77,397-member Delhi police belong to the minority communities, which comes to around 3.8 per cent. Out of the 6,031 employees of the DDA, 295 are minorities, while only 32 employees out of 741 working with the Delhi tourism and transportation department belong to the minority communities. The corresponding percentages come to around 4.8 and 4.3 per cent.

However, there was confusion around figures related to Delhi Metro in this regard. The DMRC termed as “incorrect” the report’s claim that out of its “80,683 employees, 282 belong to minority communities”. “The figure is not correct. We have around 8,500 regular employees and even if we add the contractual staff, the number would not be that large,” a DMRC official said. An official of the commission said it will take into account Metro’s version and bring about the necessary corrections if required.

“There should be a sense of security among minorities. But the report paints a dismal picture. We need to find out whether it is deliberate or on grounds of merit. Either ways, we need to take action and it has to be fixed. The recommendations will be studied and steps taken,” Mr Sisodia told reporters.

Delhi Minority Commission was set up as a statutory body by an enactment called Delhi Minority Commission Act 1999 and its chairman is Qamar Ahmad, who handed over the report to Mr Sisodia. Functions of the commission are related to the six notified communities based on religion and these are Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain.

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