Ladakh UT facing severe manpower crisis at various levels

Against 682 sanctioned strength, only 281 available

Writes to MHA, J&K for deployment of 250 officers

Mohinder Verma
JAMMU, July 14: Newly constituted Union Territory of Ladakh is facing severe manpower crisis at various levels with its Secretariat as well as Directorates of several departments are functioning with minimal staff. In order to ensure timely delivery of public services, its administration has approached the Union Ministry of Home Affairs as well as Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory for immediate deployment of around 250 officers of different ranks.
“The Union Territory of Ladakh is facing serious constraints of manpower at various levels with its Secretariat, Directorates and HoDs are functioning with minimal staff attached from the district offices since no supporting staff was posted in the Directorates”, read the communication of Umang Narula, the Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, the copy of which is available with EXCELSIOR.
The letter further reads: “Some Directorates and HoDs are headless without incumbents which is adversely affecting the delivery of public services besides critical field positions like Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs), Block Development Officers (BDOs), Doctors and Executive Engineers are also lying vacant”.
Through the communication, the copy of which has also been furnished to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Advisor to Ladakh Lieutenant Governor has requested the Chief Secretary of J&K Union Territory BVR Subrahmanyam that officers from Government of J&K be deputed against the vacant positions for a period of two years to enable normal functioning of Ladakh UT.
Acting on the request of the Ladakh UT, the Government of J&K has examined the matter and accordingly asked all the Financial Commissioners, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner Secretaries and Secretaries of the departments to obtain recommendations for deputation of officers to the UT of Ladakh.
They have been asked to give names of such officers by July 16, 2020 in order to enable the General Administration Department to issue necessary orders in this regard as early as possible.
As per the official data, there are 682 sanctioned posts of Directors, Chief Engineers, Joint Directors, Deputy Secretaries, Under Secretaries, Additional Commissioners, Sub-Divisional Magistrates, Tehsildars, Executive Engineers, Assistant Executive Engineers, Junior Engineers, Superintendents, Medical Officers, Consultant Physicians, Block Development Officers, Assistant Directors and Law Officers etc in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
However, at present there are only 281 officers as such the Union Territory of Ladakh is in dire need of 252 officers in order to ensure smooth functioning of its departments and Directorates.
Besides requirement of immediate transfer of 252 officers of different ranks, the Union Territory of Ladakh has also requested the J&K UT to transfer 5 posts of Additional Secretary, 7 of Financial Advisor/ Chief Accounts Officer and 10 posts of Consultant Gastro/ Opthalmology/ Derma/ Neuro/ Cardio as these posts are not sanctioned.
This has also been recommended by the Advisory Committee inter-se other recommendations made by it, Advisor Narula has mentioned in the communication addressed to J&K Chief Secretary.
The intensity of the manpower crisis in the UT of Ladakh can be gauged from the fact that the posts of Chief Engineer Power Development Department, Director Economics and Statistics, Under Secretaries, Additional Commissioners, Accounts Officers, Assistant Accounts Officers, Assistant Directors Planning, Private Secretaries, Law Officers and Section Officers are lying vacant at present.
The adverse impact of shortage of manpower on public service delivery can be gauged from the fact that against 10 sanctioned posts of SDMs, only 4 are in position at present. Similarly, against requirement of 150 JEs in PWD and 61 JEs in PHE, there are only 63 JEs in PWD and 44 in PHE. Moreover, there are only 7 BDOs against the requirement of 33.
As far as health sector is concerned, there are only 4 Consultant Physician as against sanctioned posts of 11. Similarly, there are only 76 Medical Officers against the requirement of 174.