A month after it defined who would be considered a ‘local resident’ of the state, the Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand has now made it mandatory for all departments to follow these criteria and the reservation roster while making contractual appointments.
The state has over 10,000 employees on contractual basis Officials said that so far, there was no fixed criteria for appointing them.
The move comes amid opposition from various quarters, including from within BJP, on the state’s definition of a local resident or “sthaniya nivasi”.
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Officials said the decision was part of the government’s attempt to streamline the process of contractual appointments.
A statement issued by the government Wednesday said: “The Personnel Department has decided to follow the provisions regarding state reservation roster in all contractual appointments. Moreover, the provisions fixed by personnel department regarding identification and definition of local resident will be mandatory in all such appointments.”
Secretary (Personnel and Administrative Reforms) Nidhi Khare said all departments had been instructed to follow the norms. “It has also been decided that the contract period need not exceed three years. In case of extreme necessity, prior permission from Personnel department would have to be sought. It can be extended by two years. Any contract extended after five years would be considered a fresh appointment,” said Khare.