New Delhi: As the assembly elections in four states are catching up, the Central Government is looking into all possibilities of wooing the voters especially the backwards classes.

According to sources, the government is working on the proposal of filling up of vacancies reserved for SCs/STs and OBCs in public sector units (PSU). The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries is working hard to encourage PSUs to fill up backlog of the reserved jobs.

Sources added that the government is also considering the implementation of 4.5 percent reservation to minorities announced by it.

As per the existing practice, the PSUs are given their annual targets on different parameters listed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the administrative ministries. And the appraisal is done on a mark-based system. A PSU is judged based on the marks which are given for achieving the tasks relating to financial performance, HRD, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and Research and Development.

While 50 percent of the marks are given for achieving financial objectives, the balance is spread over different parameters. For the first time, filling up of SC/ST and OBC vacancies will also contribute to the overall performance by a PSU.

According to the guidelines issued by the DPE, state-owned units have to reserve 15 percent seats for scheduled castes, 7.5 percent for scheduled tribes and 27 percent for other backward classes, including 4.5 percent for minorities.

At present, there are 217 PSUs operational  in the country, of which 158 are profit-making.

(JPN/Bureau)