Thiruvananthapuram

Pay scheme may hit vacancy reporting

New wage schemein the budget for temporary andcasual employees

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s announcement of a new wage scheme for temporary and casual employees and a proposal to extend their service is feared to stymie its earlier initiative to end backdoor appointments and expedite vacancy reporting to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The latest announcement is feared to run contrary to the government warning to heads of departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs) that they would be taken to task for recruitment in violation of norms and also lapses in vacancy reporting.

Directive

A directive issued by the government in August 17 last had said that even provisional appointments through employment exchanges, daily wages, and also on contract basis “should not be resorted to in respect of any posts for which there is a valid PSC rank list.”

It was also specified that “all vacancies with duration of six months and above, except leave vacancies, should invariably be reported to the commission.”

Mr. Chandy had also committed in the Assembly that the government would not permit the appointing authorities to have candidates of their choice to fill vacancies in government departments, autonomous bodies and also PSUs.

Official sources told The Hindu here that special squads formed by the government for identifying vacancies arising in various departments and other agencies had become defunct and the authorities concerned had virtually stopped vacancy reporting to the commission.

Complaints

The squads were constituted in the wake of complaints about lapses in vacancy reporting.

Even after the appointing authorities declaring that there are no vacancies within their purview, the squads on random inspection, are reported to have detected a number of posts remaining vacant and also officers concerned recruiting staff on contract in blatant violation of norms.

The latest move to extend the service of casual employees would give the leeway to appointing authorities stonewall government directions and also fill up vacancies either with contract employees or candidates of their choice. The educated unemployed would be the worst affected by the decision as those awaiting a chance would have to wait endlessly for their turn. This would also set the ground for corruption and nepotism, sources said.

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