Deadline over, deptts yet to refer vacancies to recruiting agencies

  • Even vital information not furnished for already referred posts
  • *Amendments in Recruitment Rules too taking time

Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, May 15: Though the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is committed to fill vacant posts as early as possible yet departments are dilly-dallying on the referral of vacancies to the recruiting agencies even after the lapse of deadline fixed in this regard. Moreover, vital information in respect of already referred posts has not been furnished by several departments thereby leading to delay in start of recruitment process.
In line with the earlier instructions to frame a recruitment calendar and to ensure that vacancies accruing in a calendar year are referred to the recruiting agencies-Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) and Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) in April each year, the Government in the month of March this year directed all the Administrative Departments to coordinate with the recruiting agencies and ensure that all vacancies are referred by April 15, 2023 positively.
However, even one month after the lapse of the deadline the departments have not referred the vacancies to the recruiting agencies thereby creating hurdles in plan of the Government about filling all the vacant posts in a time bound manner in order to provide employment to large number of youth as well as to improve the functioning of the departments, official sources told EXCELSIOR.
“The departments are holding lengthy procedural formalities responsible for not meeting the deadline but the fact is that Government while fixing the time-line for referral of vacancies had issued instructions for doing necessary exercise as expeditiously as possible”, sources said.
They further said, “on one side the Government from time to time issued circular instructions regarding the information required to be furnished while referring vacancies and on the other side the recruiting agencies shared the formats in this regard with the departments long time back as such delay is not justifiable”.
According to the sources, there are flaws/errors even in respect of posts which have already been referred to the recruiting agencies. “In respect of majority of the posts, the departments have not furnished Recruitment Rules, category-wise break-up and Reservation Roaster etc as such recruiting agencies are unable to start advertising the posts”, they said.
“The Recruitment Rules are required to be provided to the recruiting agencies to ascertain the mode of recruitment against the referred posts. Moreover, the departments are supposed to refer only direct recruitment posts and not of promotion quota”, sources said, adding “the non-compliance in this regard is notwithstanding the fact that explicit directions were issued from time to time by the Government to all the departments”.
It is pertinent to mention here that in a meeting of the Administrative Secretaries held on March 31, 2023 the Chief Secretary had observed, “Recruitment Rules need to be revised with due regard to the operational requirements of the department and wherever recruitments at a particular level are not required such posts need not be referred”.
Accordingly, he had directed that no post without the Recruitment Rules be referred and in such cases the departments need to expeditiously formulate the Rules and thereafter refer posts in case it is expedient.
“There are also directions to the departments for aligning Recruitment Rules with the functional requirements in the light of the Financial Rules, which state that if any post remains vacant for two years then it will be construed that there is no functional requirement of the same”, sources further said, adding “there is also delay in certain departments regarding amendments in the Recruitment Rules”.
They stressed that all the departments should refer all the vacant posts to the recruiting agencies without any further delay so that Government plan of providing employment and improving the functioning of the departments is achieved as early as possible.