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Backlog of posts may take 30 years to be cleared

EVER WONDERED why the special recruitment drive to clear the backlog of reserved posts in the State Government keeps getting extended every six months?

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 12:47 IST

EVER WONDERED why the special recruitment drive to clear the backlog of reserved posts in the State Government keeps getting extended every six months?

It’s because 60 per cent of the posts meant for SCs and STs have been already filled in the last one and half decade and, therefore, the Government will have to wait for another 20 to 30 years for the ‘encroached-upon’ posts to fall vacant.

As a majority of the departments have filled the posts of SCs, STs long before the drive began, they are left with huge backlog but no vacant posts. This glaring anomaly had been detected long back but no action has been taken against any officer for allowing encroachment on the reserved posts by general category candidates.

Information submitted by the major departments to the Government revealed that they were actually having 12,969 post of backlog (2,509 for SC, 10,125 for ST and 335 for OBC) but only about 5,200 were posts available for the special recruitment drive.

Till December 2005, the Government had filled 11,555 posts. Documents in possession with the Hindustan Times show that over 7,700 posts, identified as backlog posts, are not vacant at present.

Officials of the State Government are aware about this fact but they are helpless. “We are not going to clear the entire backlog. Even after an intensive hunting of the last five years, 12,969 posts meant for the SC and ST candidates are still vacant,” said Principal Secretary, General Administration Department, Khushiram.

Talking to the Hindustan Times he admitted that candidates of other categories were appointed on reserved posts, as a result of which, a majority of departments are unable to clear the entire backlog.

Khushiram further said that State Government has recently extended the drive for another six months (June 2006) and efforts are on to fill the vacant posts in next three months.

Sources in the General Administration Department said filling posts for SCs and STs with general category candidates constitutes violation of the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Act that came in to force in July 1994.

Under the Act, the guilty officer is liable for six months’ imprisonment. When there was a blanket ban on appointment since 1989, how the backlog posts were filled, sources wondered.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 12:47 IST