Urgent need for reevaluation of the ADRE 2.0 vacancy application process
A critical issue has come to light concerning the recent announcement of 12,600 vacancies through ADRE 2.0 in Assam. It has come to my attention that individuals currently employed in government positions, including those who secured jobs in the previous ADRE cycle, are applying for these vacancies, leading to a concerning situation.
The problem lies in the fact that some individuals fortunate enough to have secured a government job in the past are now vying for additional positions through ADRE 2.0. This results in a domino effect, where their existing posts remain vacant and the intended purpose of filling crucial vacancies is defeated.
It is evident that there is a genuine need for employment opportunities, and these vacancies are crucial to addressing that need. However, the current scenario exacerbates the problem by allowing individuals with existing government employment to potentially secure multiple positions, leaving some positions vacant.
I would like to urge the Chief Minister to consider a more balanced approach to addressing this issue. Perhaps individuals who are already employed in government positions could be required to resign from their current roles before applying for additional positions through ADRE 2.0. This way, the system ensures a fair distribution of opportunities, preventing the same individuals from accumulating multiple positions while others in desperate need of employment are left without options.
Positive upheaval by CJI
The Supreme Court collegiums headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud have recommended five names to the Centre for appointment as additional judges in four high courts. In a situation where thousands of cases are pending and uncountable people are begging for justice, the appointment of additional judges will bring a glad sense of relief to the faces of innocent people, and criminals will get severe punishment, especially those guilty of sexual harassment and molestation.
Commercial vehicles and other modes of public transport stayed off the roads in most parts of Assam on Friday, owing to a 48-hour strike called by a joint forum of transporters' unions to protest against the new penal law on hit-and-run cases. Hence, office-goers had a difficult time reaching their workplaces as buses, taxis, and app cabs did not ply, abiding by the strike call. The government only wants to blame drivers for any unfortunate incident, even if they may not have committed the crime. Instead of improving road conditions, they are penalizing poor drivers. Therefore, the government should solve the matter sooner with a discussion on amendments to this law.
Double trouble for truck drivers
The 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 7 lakh in the ‘hit and run’ law is a wake-up call for drivers working in public transport, due to which they organised a nationwide strike, and due to the strike, there was a shortage of public transport. Petrol and diesel across the country, and supplies of essential goods have been disrupted. The government immediately postponed this law after discussing it with transporters and ended the strike by confirming that it would be implemented with amendments after discussing it with drivers and transporters. When an accident occurs, people burn the car and also beat the driver, leaving him half dead. Therefore, their only option is to escape from the crime scene, and considering it a serious crime and imposing a long sentence and a huge fine, it has become a double problem for them.
Mohd Ashraf Siddiqui,
Paltan Bazar, Guwahati.
Lack of workers’ desire
According to the latest CMIE report, the labour force participation rate, i.e., LFPR (rate of people looking for work among working age groups of 15 to 60 years), has been continuously decreasing in the last seven years to only 39.5% in the financial year 2022-2023. This is the lowest in the world. This is a matter of concern to any government and economists. If 60% of working-age people give up their desire to work and stay at home, what will be the future of the country? It is a universally accepted concept in the world that such despair occurs when work is not available for years on end, and people begin to think that searching for work is useless. In the same report, it was also revealed that in India, only one in ten working-age women wants to work. Its LFPR is just 8.8%. Had these workers—men and women—participated in industrial production or the service sector, their income would increase, as would the country's production. The result of workers' apathy was that they became a burden on the rural economy. In contrast to China, the wheel of development in India went directly to the service sector and not through industrial development, which led to breaking many concepts of economics. Planners will have to think.