Cabinet approves reservation for economically weak among forward castes in Devaswom Board
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to provide job quotas to the economically backward in the forward communities and the process will begin with Devaswoms, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Wednesday.
Pinarayi Vijayan said the decision was taken by the cabinet. Amendments will be made in the Devaswom Board recruitment norms to implement the decision
"To start with and for the first time, we have decided to set aside 10 per cent jobs to those who are economically backward in the forward communities in the appointments made to the Devasoms," Pinarayi Vijayan said.
It was also decided to increase the reservation to "the Ezhava community from 14 per cent to 17 per cent, SC/ST from 10 to 12 per cent and for the OBC category from 3 to 6 per cent," Pinarayi Vijayan told the media after the weekly cabinet meeting.
He said his government and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) will now put pressure on the Centre to see that they make amendments to the Constitution to ensure that the reservation benefit was extended in all state government jobs to the economically backward among the forward communities.
Other major Cabinet decisions
The retirement age of doctors in Health department and Medical education department will be increased. The retirement age of doctors in Health department will be increased from 56 to 60. The retirement age of doctors in Medical education department will be increased from 60 to 62.
The appointments of employees to state wakaf board will be entrusted to PSC. For this purpose, the cabinet has recommended to Governor to issue an ordinance.
The cabinet has decided to purchase computers, laptops, printers, scanners and other IT equipments for government departments, local self- governing bodies, various commission and public sector undertakings, through centralised system.
The luggage allowance of policemen and camp followers who are deputed on special duty at Sannidhanam during the Sabarimala festival season has been increased from RS 150 to Rs 200.