Bengaluru: Government stays new recruitments - Departments suffer from staff shortage

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Sep 28: After the government stopped all fresh recruitments in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, many departments including those which directly interact with the people are functioning with hardly 50 percent staff strength. As a result, implementation of various programmes of the government is getting delayed. With the improvement of economic activity slowly, the government may restart the process of employing people now.

Except health and other essential services, after the pandemic spread its wings, recruitments in all other departments were stopped. In many departments work is outsourced. Five lac employees work in agriculture, housing, urban development, health, tourism, education, food and civil supplies department etc. About 1.5 lac employees work on contract basis.

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As of now, out of 7.7 lac posts in the state, 2.4 lac posts are vacant, said C S Shadakshari, president of state government employees association. Departments like agriculture, revenue and animal husbandry including many others starve of employees and the shortage is about 50 percent, Out of 2,099 posts of assistant agricultural officers, only 400 have been filled. Each of the officers looks after two to three gram panchayats. They are grassroot officials and they are expected to ensure that government schemes reach the beneficiaries. But because of the shortage of staff the farmers are unable to derive proper and timely use from the schemes, sources said.

In the revenue department, 604 out of 4,020 posts of land surveyors are vacant. R Ashok, revenue minister, had informed in the recently concluded assembly session. He confessed that survey work has suffered and promised to make recruitments shortly. In PWD, there is a shortage of junior assistant engineers. Staff are overburdened with work. Staff shortage has also hit sub-registrar's offices, regional transport offices etc and the income of the government is affected. Shadakshari said that the employees are working under pressure and this is the right time to recruit people. If nothing is done to address the situation, the association will take to the streets to protest against the government, he warned.











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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Sep 30 2021

    I dont understand the policy here.Becuase of corona many were sent home ,or lost jobs .now half of posts are vacant,no personal.why dont u call them back to work,or many of them are doing home office,where is the problem?Otherside they sa so many crores jobless.It is govts duty to call themback who lost job.How can govt employ loose job during corona ?He was sent off not dismissed.

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  • Ram Charan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 29 2021

    Filling up government posts means burden on the exchequer. Those who are in position, most of them work at less than 20% efficiency. The number of posts were fixed age old times when digitisation was not available. Fresh thinking is to be given to number of posts required now and should be filled on fixed term contract basis with strict hire and fire policy. This way only the government revenue can be put to best use rather than paying hefty salary for non performing government so called servants.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Sep 28 2021

    No wonder unemployment has reached - 42 % ...

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