Parl panel unhappy that DMRC Board has no SC/ST member

Parl panel unhappy that DMRC Board has no SC/ST member

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel, headed by BJP MP Kirit Solanki, has expressed displeasure over non-availability of even a single member from SC/ST communities on the Board of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) comprising 17 members. The Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes report on Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, tabled in Parliament during the just-concluded Monsoon Session, said no sincere efforts have been made by the government either to appoint "functional Director or nominee director from the SC/ST Community. The DMRC said there was no bar in appointment of members of the SC/ST community on the Board of Corporation and they are as much eligible to be considered for such appointments.

The Committee felt that in place of giving excuses for the appointment of SC/ST candidates to the Board level position, the DMRC should take up the matter with the DoPT and also make genuine efforts to ensure their representation in the same. 'However, apart from the fact that all the seven posts of the functional directors are single post cadre, for which no reservation is available,' the DMRC has said, adding that there was no guideline prescribing reservation of posts of directors for SC/ST community in the Board. It is only incidental there is no member of SC/ST community in the Board of Directors of DMRC, the Corporation has stated.

The Committee said the DMRC should prepare training programmes in such a way that SCs and STs can also be accommodated in foreign training programmes for their skill exposure and overall developments. The Panel said the DMRC has given compassionate appointment to ten candidates since inception of which one belong to SC and ST category each. The panel felt that lenient view should be taken on SC/ST candidates and priority be given to them in compassionate ground appointment. The Committee, comprising BJP MPs Anju Bala and Heena Gavit, Rajya Sabha Congress lawmaker Shamsher Singh Dullo among others, recommended that in view of the constitutional mandate of socio-economic justice, the government must provide representation of SC and ST through reservation in Board of Directors in the company or at least by appointing a director through nomination.

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