While the slowdown has hit most sectors hard,the civic terrain is gearing up for a major recruitment drive a development that should soothe the nerves of the jobless youth. As many as 1,500 vacancies are up for grabs at the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations and the civic bodies have decided to up the tempo of the recruitment drive.
The PMC has decided to fill up the posts of peons and labourers,which were advertised in February. Mountains of application forms,neatly packed,have been gathering dust for months at Savarkar Bhawan with civic officials unable to sort them out. Deputy Municipal Commissioner K C Karkar said the PMC was flooded with applicants seeking jobs. Because of other exigencies,we could not sort out the application forms. Now,we have decided to resolve the matter, he said. For the 25 posts of peons,PMC received 15,000 applications and for 50 post of labourers,it received as many as 20,000.
In next two-three months,Karkar said they have decided to fill up 1,186 posts. I know the task would be difficult. This is because of the rigorous process in place and the enormous response civic jobs generate. We hope to fill up at least close to 1,000 vacancies in the next two-three months. The rest will be filled in up the next few months, he said.
From April 1 to June 30,the PMC filled up 214 posts. Some of the posts that remain include radiologists,assistant health chiefs,residency surgeons,medical officers and junior engineers. The PMC also has two vacant posts of deputy municipal commissioners. Interviews for 41 junior engineers post have been scheduled for this week,civic officials said. Over 100 medical officers have been recruited. Over 300 posts fall vacant every year in the PMC,mainly due to employees retiring.
Similarly,in Pimpri-Chinchwad 200 posts will be filled up in the next three-four months. Joint Municipal Commissioner Amrut Sawant said they were filling up posts of nurses,generator operators,ayahs,ward boys and clerks. We always get an overwhelming response, he said. PCMC is filling up 60 clerical posts for which it receives over 25,000 applications,officials said.
PMPML,the citys transport service,is also gearing up to fill up 1,800 posts in the next two months. We will recruit 1,600 conductors and 200 cleaners, said PMPML spokesperson Deepak Pardeshi.
Civic posts have often generated controversy with allegations of corruption. The going rate for various posts ranges from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Demanding transparency in recruitment,Congress leader Aba Bagul said,The civic general body has the powers only to discuss Class I posts. The fate of other three classes is exclusively in the hands of the administration. The state government should allow the elected representatives to have a say in the recruitment process for all posts,which will ensure complete transparency.
Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said,The administration should take the House leaders into confidence before filling up posts. There has to be an effective coordination and dialogue between leaders and the administration to choose the right candidates.
However,PMC said their recruitment procedure was transparent. I dont think anybody has made any allegations against our recruitment process. Those who dont get jobs do make a noise,but their frustration can be understood. Our recruitment is highly transparent, said Karkar.