The Chief Minister made this statement in response to a supplementary question posed by BJP MLA Ajay Chandrakar regarding the objectives of the commission’s formation and the recommendations made in its report.
In the assembly, concerns were raised regarding the non-publication of the Quantifiable Data Commission’s report. Previously, the Congress government had passed the Reservation (Amendment) Bill in the Legislative Assembly based on the commission’s report without making it public.
BJP MLA Chandrakar asked in the assembly whether the commission’s report will be made public. Chief Minister Vishnudeo Sai stated that this matter will be considered.
The MLA sought to know about the formation of the Quantifiable Data Commission, its purpose, tenure, extensions, submission date of the report, intended recipients, the composition of the commission, facilities provided to its members, and the expenditure incurred.
What recommendations did the Quantifiable Data Commission make, and has the state govt implemented them? If yes, in which areas are they being implemented? If not, why was the commission formed? Was the aforementioned data made public? If not, what was the reason, and have the govt’s recommendations been accepted and implemented? If yes, in which areas and for which tasks is the govt utilizing them? If not, what are the reasons for this?
The Chief Minister stated in response that the Quantifiable Data Commission was formed by the Department of General Administration on September 11, 2019, with the aim of surveying the other backward classes and economically weaker sections of the state’s population and collecting quantifiable data.
Initially, the commission’s tenure was set for six months to submit the report to the govt. However, due to expected delays, its tenure was extended 10 times, with the last extension until December 31, 2022. Nonetheless, the commission submitted its report on November 21, 2022, to the state govt.
The said report was not provided to any organization. The chairman of the Quantifiable Data Commission was a retired district and sessions judge, and no members were appointed to the commission. The chairman and judicial officers of equivalent rank were provided facilities according to their entitlements. The Chief Minister mentioned that a total of Rs. 1,07,06,856 was spent in this process.
While recommendations were not explicitly stated in the report received from the commission, conclusions were drawn. Based on these conclusions, on December 1 and 2, 2022, the State Government introduced the Chhattisgarh Public Services (Reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes) Amendment Bill, 2022, and the Chhattisgarh Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) (Amendment) Bill, 2022, both of which were unanimously passed by the Assembly.
The State Govt has utilized the aforementioned conclusions and data from the commission, implementing them in the Chhattisgarh Public Services (Reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes) Amendment Bill, 2022, and the Chhattisgarh Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) (Amendment) Bill, 2022.
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