Gujarat: Oppn slams govt over hiring staff on fixed salaries

Opposition party leaders have slammed the state government for going ahead with recruitment of deputy mamlatdars in the revenue department and deputy sections officers in the state secretariat and assembly on fixed salaries.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published:January 30, 2011 4:35 am

Opposition party leaders have slammed the state government for going ahead with recruitment of deputy mamlatdars in the revenue department and deputy sections officers in the state secretariat and assembly on fixed salaries,saying that it amounted to exploitation of educated unemployed youths.

A recent advertisement in Gujarati language newspapers on behalf of the Gujarat Public Service Commission announced recruitment for 948 posts,including 676 for naib or deputy mamlatdars and the rest for deputy section officers,all on a consolidated pay of Rs 6,000 per month for five years. The last date for submitting applications is February 26.

The advertisement said the youths would be absorbed in the permanent service on a regular scale after five years.

However,the recruitment on consolidated salary would be done through the same process as for regular recruitment.

State Congress president Siddharth Patel called the move “exploitation of educated youths”. He said the private sector could be expected to resort to such methods as it might not have enough money.

“But it is not acceptable in case of the state government to indulge in the exploitation of people by forcing them to accept low salaries,” said Patel.

“Moreover,it is not advisable in case of personnel being recruited to handle important assignments in revenue department,” he said,adding low payment might encourage corruption.

Primary school teachers and police constables have been recruited on monthly consolidated pay of Rs 3,500 and Rs 2,500,respectively. The state government was flooded with candidates for these jobs.

Former chief minister Suresh Mehta said the appointments on low salaries will lower efficiency.

“But the state government,facing financial crisis and urgently needing manpower,appears to be under some kind of compulsion to go for recruitment on consolidated salary,” he said.

Mahagujarat Janata Party (MJP) secretary Sunil Oza said the appointment of deputy mamlatdars on fixed pay would bring down the status of the post and affect their efficiency.

Chief secretary A K Joti said the move was as per policy of the state government and there was a government resolution of the state finance department in this regard.

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