6,000 new hires made in the past year
Survey model code of conduct stops filling 1050 vacancies
PANJIM: The government led by Dr. Pramod Sawant managed to recruit 6,000 people over a one-year period in various departments even as the electoral model code of conduct halted the process to fill nearly 1,050 vacancies.
About 10% of those hired received the offer letters just days before the election schedule was announced.
With an eye on State Assembly polls, the Sawant government announced last year that it would fill 10,000 vacancies in various departments. As a result, in June 2021, the government lifted the recruitment freeze. He lifted the recruitment ban imposed on 22 November 2016 by the then Laxmikant Parsekar government. The ban was put in place following the financial burden due to the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission.
“As the Election Commission of India announced the election schedule, the mode’s code of conduct came into effect and hence instructions were issued to all concerned departments to halt the recruitment process” , personnel department sources told HERALD.
Advertisements to fill nearly 1050 positions, in various departments, were posted during the month of November-December 2021. In some cases, written exams or skills tests were scheduled for this month, which were canceled due to taking into account the electoral code.
Recruitment was initiated by departments such as Electricity (255), WRD (190), Forestry (80), Livestock (75), Excise (50), Sub-Register (30), ‘Territorial planning (60). The Department of Environment and Climate Change, the Directorate of Transport and the Goa State Pollution Control Board, the self-governing body, had also advertised to fill vacancies.
In addition, the fate of nearly 360 candidates, who have been shortlisted for various positions in the Public Works Department (PWD), hangs in the balance after the government suspended the recruitment process last month in the awaiting a due diligence investigation into the alleged recruitment scam.
From January 2021 until the first week of January 2022, around 6,000 new recruitments were made in the government. Maximum recruitments of 1307 are initiated in the Police Department, followed by 750 at Goa Human Resource Development Corporation, 571 at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), 296 Home Guards and 269 other Border Security Guard positions under the Union Home Office.
Positions have also been filled in the Department of Health Services (244), Department of Electricity (243), Department of Agriculture (151), IPHB (100), Department of Accounts (109), Department of Development of women and children (103), Kadamba Transport Corporation (88) among others.
The various positions include police officers, staff nurses, junior engineers, LDCs, meter readers and linemen, accountants, doctors, stenographers, drivers, food inspectors and other positions in group C.