Staff crunch-hit civic corporations want vacancies filled up urgently

Grappling with around 50 per cent manpower shortage in several departments,the three municipal corporations in the city have again asked the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board to fill the vacant posts.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 12:59 am

Grappling with around 50 per cent manpower shortage in several departments,the three municipal corporations in the city have again asked the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board to fill the vacant posts.

Officials in the Health department said of the 560 sanctioned posts for auxiliary nurse,the corporations have sent a request to the Board to fill up 325 vacancies. Moreover,225 staff nurse posts are vacant,whereas the approved strength is 955.

“Municipal maternity homes are already reeling with problems such as lack of ultrasound machines and better facilities for would-be mothers. But shortage of midwives or auxiliary nurses is unexpected,” North Corporation’s Leader of the House Mahendra Nagpal said.

Similarly,the Engineering department of the civic agencies have many vacancies that needed to be urgently filled.

Giving a break-up of the shortage,officials said of nine posts for architectural assistants,five were vacant. There are nine approved posts for assistant architects,but six are vacant.

“The Architecture department is considered the backbone of engineering. An architectural assistant may be junior position,but perform important tasks. They help the Engineering department prepare the design and cost estimate of projects. The assistant architects approve the designs,” a North Municipal Corporation official said.

The corporations need to recruit approximately 300 more junior civil engineers to get to the total sanctioned strength of 834.

Officials said there were just about 107 junior engineers in the Electrical department to take care of 95 per cent of Delhi. They said 59 posts were vacant and should be filled urgently.

Office work has also suffered because of the paucity of stenographers and typists,the officials said.

“There are 154 approved posts for stenos or typists,but 75 of them are vacant. Every officer needs a steno or typist,without whom work is delayed,” a South Municipal Corporation official said.

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