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Why making do with an evil legacy?

Some departments are carrying a legacy of not filling up vacant posts even after repeated approvals from Finance Department for recruitment

GUWAHATI, May 23: Since erstwhile Congress regime in the State, some departments have been leaving a lasting legacy of sorts – not filling up vacancies even after the Finance Department approving filling up of posts repeatedly – as if for their successors to carry them forward.

“Is there any right reason for the departments concerned to carry such a legacy of evil forward any longer?” feel a section of people when their conscience pricks them. The situation is more pathetic than what it looks like apparently. “If leaving vacant posts without fillip them up for years and on in a State where the number of jobless youth keeps rising very fast is not suicidal, what else is?” many in the State question.

The situation has come to such a pass that some departments have not been filling up their vacant posts even after the Finance Department approving filling up of the posts for the second or the third time. The longevity of the approval from the Finance Department for the filling up vacant posts in any department is one year after which the term of the approval expires automatically. There are departments in the State that fail to comply with the Finance Department’s approval by not filling up their vacant posts within a year. In such cases the Finance Department had to issue fresh approvals for the filling up of vacant posts to many departments. The Finance Department has been approving filling up of vacant posts in various departments since 2014-15, and in most of the cases the approvals faced expiry with the departments concerned not being able to comply with it for various reasons like not being able to conduct examinations due to lack of budgetary allocations, etc. Many departments have failed to comply with the approval from the Finance Department in fiscals 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Fed up with such a chronic non-compliance, the Finance Department has now set a deadline of March 31, 2019 by which all the vacant posts in various departments of fiscal 2017-18 and 2018-19 will have to be filled up. The Finance Department has also requested all departments of the State government to examine if any posts are lying vacant for many years and their utility is not felt, and send proposals to it for the abolition of such posts. Will Dispur put such an evil legacy to an end?

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Ankur Kalita