PwBD reservation in promotions
Reservation in Promotion to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) – Clarification on relaxation of standards of selection/ suitability in consultation with DoP&T by Railway Board vide RBE No. 133/2023 dated 04.12.2023
भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड RAILWAY BOARD)
New Delhi, dated 04.12.2023
The General Manager (P) OS
All Zonal Railways & Production Units :
(As per standard list)
Sub: Reservation in Promotion to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) – Clarifications regarding.
Attention is invited to Board’s letter of even number dated 01.07.2022 (RBE . No.74/2022) along with DoP&T’s O.M. No. 36012/1/2020-Estt.(Res.-II dated 17.05.2022 whereby detailed guidelines were issued for providing reservation in promotions to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.
2. Representations have been received on the subject of extent of relaxation of standards of selection/suitability for PwBD candidates in the promotional exams. Attention in this regard is drawn to Para 8.1 and 8.2 of DoP&T’s instructions dated 17.05.2022 ibid which provides for relaxation of standards in selections.
3. It is stipulated in the aforesaid provisions that relaxed standards are to be adopted only in case sufficient PwBD candidates are not available on the basis of prescribed standards. However, the extent of relaxation required to be given has not been indicated in the instructions. The matter has been examined in consultation with DoP&T and clarification in this regard is as under:-
“If any extent of relaxation has been decided for a particular Limited Departmental Examination/ Departmental Examination in respect of candidates belonging to SC/ST category, where sufficient number of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories (as per vacancies earmarked for these categories) do not qualify the examination in the normal course, same extent of relaxation can be extended to candidates belonging to those PWBD category, who do not belong to SC/ST category. In case the candidates belonging to PwBD category also belong to SC/ST category, they would be eligible to be considered either as a SC/ST category or PwBD candidate for seeking relaxation of standard for Departmental Examination but not both.”
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