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Region and caste play the decider

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 01:22 IST
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THE UP Government is in a hurry to fill up all vacant posts lying in several departments but these appointments in the Secretariat have raised eyebrows of people from various brackets. The government is being questioned for adopting wrongful procedure for filling up the vacant posts.

The recent example is the appointment of class IV category employees in which the State government has appointed 316 people against 84 posts advertised for the same. Besides, most people selected in this category belong to a particular region and caste.

Vice-president of UP Sachivalaya Sangh Yadvendra Mishra said, “When the government had 316 posts then why vacancies were advertised only for 84 posts? This act of the government shows that these appointments were pre-planned and selected people were given chance to appear in the interviews”.

“The list was released on a Saturday and employees joined their duties on Monday. If the government has such an amazing communication system, then it should be applied for all purposes. We demand a thorough investigation in this matter by an independent investigating agency”, added Mishra.

In this particular case, the government invited applications for the appointment of 84 posts in class IV category. The posts were advertised in newspapers in June last. The interviews were held for the same till October-end. On November 4, the government released the first list of 265 people selected for the post.

Another list of 10 people was released on November 8 and the third list of 41 names was released on November 13.

An official source of the secretariat alleged that out of 316 appointments, 174 people belonged to Etah, Mainpuri, Kannuaj and Etawah districts. Another 86 people were from Saifai and rests of the people had been appointed due to the influence of other senior bureaucrats.

A Supreme Court order in Bihar State vs Madan Mohan Singh in 1994 stated that State governments can appoint the number of people against the post advertised.

No additional appointments can be made without further advertising the vacant posts, said the order. Later the State government also issued same direction with regard to the appointments referring the SC order.

Special secretary, Department of Secretariat Administration, GC Pandey said, “it’s a part of the advertisement and more people can be appointed if the vacancies are created”. When he was given the reference of the rules which said only 10 per cent posts could be increased or decreased, Pandey said that they sought special permission from the Department of Personnel for appointing these people.

When contacted special secretary, personnel, PN Yadav seemed to be avoiding the query in this connection. Firstly, he said that this question should be asked to the Secretariat Administration. Then he said, “Why should I believe you are speaking from Hindustan Times and not Pakistan”? When this correspondent sought an appointment with him, he refused and said, “We have no time”.

An OBC candidate, Vijay Kumar, who had applied for the same post but could not be selected, is planning to ask the government under Right to Information Act that, on what grounds, he was not selected for the post and others were selected.

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