JAMMU, Jan 20: Indic-ating poor performance of two main recruiting agencies of Jammu and Kashmir and slackness of the State Government, a total of 21,717 posts are lying vacant in different Government departments during the past quite long time. Interestingly, these recruiting agencies have also failed to fill-up posts lying vacant in their own offices.
The Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Rules, 2015 which were notified vide SRO-202 dated June 30, 2015, provide for filling up of vacant posts in various departments in a time-bound manner. However, these rules are not being strictly followed by the Government departments as well as recruiting agencies—Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission and Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board.
While Government departments are not timely referring the vacancies to the recruiting agencies the latter are adopting dilly-dallying approach in completing the recruitment process.
Due to the poor performance of JKPSC and JKSSB and slackness of Government a total of 21,717 posts have been lying vacant in various departments. Of these, 3417 are gazetted posts and 18300 non-gazetted posts.
However, only 2470 out of 3417 gazetted posts have been referred to Public Service Commission and 10366 out of 18300 non-gazetted posts referred to Services Selection Board by the State Government till date.
This information was provided by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also Minister Incharge General Administration Department in response to the question of MLA Mohammad Ashraf Mir in the Legislative Assembly.
Maximum number of gazetted posts have been lying vacant in Science and Technology and Higher Education Departments followed by Health and Medical Education and General Administration Departments.
In Higher Education Department, 1162 gazetted posts have been lying vacant while as in Science and Technology Department there are 1059 vacant posts and 400 posts are vacant in Health and Medical Education Department, which means that there is a shortage of 400 doctors in this department.
Similarly, maximum number of 4837 non-gazetted posts have been lying vacant in the School Education Department followed by Health and Medical Education Department where 2825 such posts are vacant during the past quite long time. Forest Department has 1775 vacant posts of non-gazetted, Rural Development Department 1720, Finance 1658 and 962 in PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
The data further reveals that 278 non-gazetted posts are lying vacant in Agriculture Production Department, 210 in Animal and Sheep Husbandry, 287 in Cooperatives, 126 in Higher Education Department, 432 in Information Technology, 678 in Public Works Department, 125 in Power Development Department, 758 in Social Welfare Department, 190 in Tourism Department and 345 in Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports Department.
What to talk of filling posts referred to by various Government departments, Public Service Commission and Services Selection Board have also failed to fill-up their own vacant posts. This can be gauged from the data which reveals that 23 non-gazetted posts have been lying vacant in Public Service Commission and 34 in Services Selection Board.
It is a matter of serious concern that on one side unemployed youth are clamoring for the employment in the Government sector and on the other side Government is soft-paddling on filling up of vacant posts by timely referring the same to the recruiting agencies.