The Government has said that the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities provides for giving special consideration to minorities in recruitment of police personnel, Central police forces, Railways, nationalized banks and public sector enterprises and for this purpose, the composition of selection committees should be representative. In pursuance of this, the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) has issued Office Memorandum on 8th January, 2007.
The guidelines issued by DOPT include instructions for monitoring the progress in recruitment of minorities in all Central Ministries/ Departments, public sector enterprises, public sector banks and financial institutions. The data of number of persons belonging to the minority communities recruited during the year, is not collected minority community-wise by the DOPT, but for the five minority communities as a whole.
Giving this information in the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs, said that the Office Memorandum of 8th January, 2007 issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) does not envisage receipt of any information from the State Governments.