Despite jobs being one of many core agendas in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Bihar final yr with the ruling NDA saying to create 19 lakh jobs for the youth of the state, the scenario on the bottom stays largely unchanged. Numerous posts for engineers lying vacant in completely different authorities departments solely substantiate this reality.
The IANS has obtained particular details about 64 per cent posts of engineers lying vacant in varied authorities departments.
According to a prime official, of the whole of 6,322 posts of assistant engineers, government engineers, superintending engineers and chief engineers in completely different departments like highway development, rural growth, public well being, water sources, constructing development, city housing and growth and planning, as many as 4,051 are lying vacant.
“The recruitment of engineers starts at the assistant engineer level, generally in the road construction and water resources departments. Following seniority, these engineers are transferred to other departments after promotion. Besides, direct recruitment also takes place in other departments,” stated Dilip Kumar Dinkar, General Secretary, Subordinate Engineers Service Commission (SOESC), Bihar.
At current, of the 4,680 sanctioned posts for assistant engineers in varied departments, 3,289 are lying vacant. Besides, of the 1,249 government engineers’ posts, 529 are vacant in completely different departments.
Similarly, 317 posts of superintending engineers are sanctioned in completely different departments of which 170 are vacant. There are 65 posts for chief engineers and 52 of them are vacant. Of the 11 posts for engineering heads, 10 are vacant.
“As engineers are not getting timely promotion, they are not reaching the top posts. Hence, the majority of the posts at the senior level are vacant now. The state government has not given a promotion to engineers since 2018,” Dinkar stated.
“The state government is deliberately delaying or not giving promotion to avoid vacant posts at the junior level. If the junior engineers get promoted as executive engineers, the posts of junior engineers will become vacant,” Dinkar stated.
Sunil Kumar Sinha, the President of SOESC, stated: “Seventy-five per cent posts of subordinate level engineers (junior engineers) in Bihar are vacant. The government has hired around 15 per cent engineers on a contract basis in various departments. We have urged the concern ministers several times to fill the posts, but without any result.”
Past historical past means that the state authorities initiates the recruitment course of simply earlier than the meeting elections to lure the voters.
In 2004, 125 engineers got jobs in completely different departments and the Assembly elections had been held in 2005. Similarly, in the final month of 2008, 500 assistant engineers got jobs whereas the Assembly elections had been held in 2010.
In 2014, 900 individuals had been chosen as assistant engineers, a yr earlier than the Assembly elections.