‘Administrative activity badly affected’
Srinagar, Aug 19: The recruiting agencies, authorized by the government to complete the selection process on fast track basis, have so far failed to deliver. It has been observed that thousands of gazetted and non-gazetted posts are lying vacant in the state.
The shortage of officers of the IAS, IPS KAS, KPS and other gazetted posts that are lying vacant have been affecting administrative activity in various government departments in the state. These gazetted posts are lying vacant despite the government’s announcement in 2015 about new job policy aimed to make fast track recruitments.
J&K has a strength of 137 IAS officers of which 75 are direct recruitments while as 62 are promotion posts. However, sources told KNS that it is facing a shortage of 60 officers thus affecting the functioning of the governance as many bureaucrats are holding two to three charges.
The retirement of 14 IAS officers in 2015 has further added to the administrative crisis. The state government has requested the Centre to depute all local cadre IAS officers in J&K in the wake of a major shortfall of bureaucrats in the state.
An official of the Home department told KNS that for the past six-years, the government has failed to send a proposal to the Union Public Service Commission to fill the posts of IPS posts because of several litigations against the seniority list of KPS officers who are be inducted into the IPS cadre.
The total number of vacancies in School and Higher Education departments has gone up to 7,184: In Higher Education department, as many as 1,288 posts are lying vacant, including 1,162 gazetted and 126 non-gazetted posts. In School Education department 5,896 posts including 1,059 gazetted and 4,837 non-gazetted ones are lying vacant.
The Health and Medical Education department is the next: it has 3,225 posts lying vacant, including 400 gazetted and 2,825 non- gazetted positions.
The Forest Department has 1,851 vacant posts including 1,775 non-gazetted and 76 gazetted vacancies.
Similarly, in Finance Department, 1,685 vacant posts have not yet been filled up by the government.
In Revenue Department, 1,720 posts have been lying vacant for many years, while the departments including Social Welfare, Public Works and Public Health Engineering have 7, 58, 719 and 9,62, vacant posts, respectively.
As per the official figures, the Agriculture Department has 325 vacant posts, including 278 non-gazetted and 47 gazetted.
Cooperative, General Administration and Industries and Commerce departments have 3, 86, 427 and 443 vacant posts, respectively.
In Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Tourism & Rural Development, and Power Development have 347, 228, 482, and 169 posts lying vacant, respectively.
The Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Estates, Election and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Departments have 241, 27, 40, and 25 vacant posts, respectively.
In ARI and Training, Horticulture, Housing and Urban Development, Home and Information departments have 31, 44, 68, 78, and 86 vacant posts, respectively.
The departments of Law, Planning and Development, and Transport have 24, 16, and 20 vacant posts.
Recently the Annual Employment and Unemployment Survey Report, released by the Labour Bureau under Union Ministry of Labor and Employment, has revealed that J&K was having the highest unemployment rate (10 per cent) in entire north India. (KNS)