Job target pruned by half in Telangana

Etela tells Assembly only 56,150 vacant posts will be filled.

Hyderabad: The TRS government has gone back on its promise of filling 1.07 lakh vacant posts in various departments, cutting the target by nearly half to 56,150 posts.

This will deal a big blow to the about 20 lakh unemployed in the state who have been aspiring for jobs following several assurances by the government to the Assembly that it will fill 1.07 lakh posts.

Finance minister Etela Rajender made a statement in the House on Saturday to this effect during the Question Hour. He said the government had identified only 18,423 posts for direct recruitment. Of these, it issued job notifications to fill 14,789 posts in the last 21 months.

Mr Rajender said the decrease in jobs was because of regularisation of 25,589 contract staff, who will be made full-time employees.

He stated that there were a total of 4,35,498 jobs in government departments, of which 3,01,289 are permanent and 25,589 contract staff.

Besides, there are another 8,192 jobs comprising anganwadi workers, home guards etc. and 20,017 outsourcing staff.

The statement created a flutter in the House with the Opposition Congress and TD voicing their strong protest and terming the TRS government “a cheat”.

Congress MLAs N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, G. Chinna Reddy and TD MLA R. Krishnaiah lashed out at TRS government for going back on its promise.

Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy said, “Telangana agitation was all about jobs, water and funds. Entire student community actively took part in the T-agitation.”

The TPCC chief continued, “Last year, the CM and ministers promised in the Assembly to fill 1.07 lakh posts. Now they say there are only 56,000 vacancies, which is nothing but cheating students and unemployed."

Mr Krishnaiah termed the vacancy figures as absolutely false. “You go to any government office, school, college etc., empty chairs will greet you because there is no staff. There are over 2 lakh vacancies but the government is telling lies in the House.”

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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