Liaison officers to be trained to ensure SC, ST welfare: Govt

Liaison officers in all central government ministries and departments will be given training to ensure proper implementation of the Centre's policy of reservation in services for employees belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015, 16:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Liaison officers in all central government ministries and departments will be given training to ensure proper implementation of the Centre's policy of reservation in services for employees belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

According to an instruction issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), every ministry or department shall designate two separate officers, at least of the level of deputy secretary, as liaison officers -- one for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disabilities, and another for Other Backward Classes.

The liaison officers play an important role in proper implementation of policy of reservation in services. But many a times, they fail to play their role effectively in absence of proper training on the subject, the DoPT said.

In order to ensure that the liaison officers are imparted necessary training to facilitate performance of their duties, the DoPT had requested Institute of Secretariat Training & Management (ISTM) here to design a suitable training module and include it in the training calendar.

All ministries and departments were requested to nominate liaison officers for training. A training was conducted by ISTM in October, 2014 but the participation was not found to be encouraging. A similar programme has now been scheduled in October, 2015, it said.

It is requested that liaison officers may be nominated for the programme so that they can be familiarised with their duties and responsibilities, the DoPT said in an order sent to all ministries.

Details of such officers from the attached, subordinate offices, PSUs and other field organisations or offices under the administrative control of the ministry may also please be collectively sent to this department, the DoPT said.

The details of liaison officers may also be prominently displayed on the website of the ministry or department for information of all concerned, it said.