Staff crunch cripples civic body, authorities unmoved

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 28, 2014 10:00 IST

Despite suffering from staff shortage, the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) has failed to start a recruitment process for the 600 posts lying vacant in various departments, which were already sanctioned by the UT administration some 18 odd months ago.

According to the civic body’s record, as many as 2,000 posts are lying vacant.

However, no advertisements have been issued for the same. Regular vacancies in all departments have been casting a shadow on the pace of development.

Two years ago, the civic body had prepared a proposal for recruitment of more than 2,000 people which was then sent to the administration.

After numerous rounds of discussions, no final decision was taken. Around 18 months ago, 600 posts were sanctioned after deciding to fill the existing posts instead of creating new ones, and then holding recruitment.

Deputy mayor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor Davesh Moudgil said, “We fail to understand the functioning of the civic body. Why are they not advertising the sanctioned posts from the past 18 months? Staff shortage has hit the development work of the city, but the officers remain unmoved.”

Despite repeated attempts, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh could not be contacted. However, additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia said, “We are facing some technical hitches, but will soon be starting the recruiting process.”


Three years ago, the MC had invited applications for recruitment for direct posts of the public health and bridges and roads departments, but no action has been taken till date.

One of the aspirants said, “It is very unfortunate that despite instructions from the Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation has not withdrawn the current duty charges from 23 assistant engineers, who have been appointed in violation of the recruitment rules, against the posts meant for direct recruitment. Interestingly, the municipal corporation has not recruited for the past 17 years.”

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