Plan to fill 47,273 vacancies to ensure smooth functioning of administration

The government has planned to fill 47,273 vacancies in its departments and undertakings to ensure smooth functioning of the administration.

In his reply to a call attention motion tabled by Opposition members, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister K. P. Munusamy, who is also in charge of the personnel and administrative reforms portfolio, said recruitment was on through various organisations, including the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) and the Teachers’ Recruitment Board (TRB).

So far, 54,420 vacancies had been filled through the TNPSC and employment exchanges in government departments and 13,581 through the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Service Recruitment Board. A total of 64,435 teaching and non-teaching vacancies had been filled in schools and colleges, along with 16,793 posts of noon-meal worker, cook and cooking assistant and 11,803 anganwadi workers. The State Transport Corporations had 16,963 of their vacancies filled, along with 6,307 in fair prices shops; 5,489 in Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) and 3,717 in government undertakings. Mr. Munusamy said that it had been planned to fill 22,269 teacher vacancies, 1091 sub-inspector posts, 4,042 positions in Tangedco and 3,607 in cooperative banks. The TNPSC would recruit 10,105 candidates to fill existing vacancies and posts of 2159 doctor and 4000 nurse would be filled through Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.

When Communist Party of India (Marxist) floor leader A. Soundararajan explained how vacancies in various government departments were affecting the functioning of the administration, Mr. Munusamy contested his argument and said since the present regime took over, a maximum number of two lakh persons had been recruited in the shortest period of time to various posts. There was no slackness in the functioning of the administration, he said.

CPI leader M. Arumugham complained that appointment of nurses in government hospitals was being done on contract basis and the age limit for the entry of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes had been reduced to 35 years from 40 years. The Minister responded that recruitment was being done as per requirements of the administration, including for the post of nurses.

To a point raised by N.R. Rengarajan (Congress) on vacancies in local bodies, Mr. Munusamy said steps were afoot to have a mix of human labour and technology for solid waste management.