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State sets up 'war room' to fill 72,000 vacancies

Friday, December 07, 2018
By A Special Correspondent

The state  government has swung into action to fill up 72,000 vacancies in various government departments. To execute this task, the government has set up a ‘war room’ in Mantralaya for the completion of the mega recruitment process as per the new caste reservation quota.

According to a senior official in Mantralaya, the government may complete the process of recruitment for all 72,000 posts at one go before February, instead of filling 36,000 posts spread over two years.

“The idea is to fill the posts before the Bombay High Court stays the decision. It will help the ruling party get Maratha votes in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls scheduled in 2019,” the official further added.

A bill that grants 16 per cent reservation to members of the Maratha community in government jobs and education in the state was unanimously passed by both the houses of the state legislature last week, meeting a long-pending demand of the influential community, which constitutes 33 per cent of the state’s population of around 13 crore.

It may be recalled that in the last budget session of the state legislature, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that 72,000 vacant posts will be filled in two phases. The vacant posts to be filled are spread across departments like Agriculture, Public Health, Home, Animal Husbandry, Public Works Department, Water Resources, Water Conservation, Fisheries and Urban Development departments.

On Wednesday, the government set up a war room on the seventh floor of Mantralay to handle the mega recruitment process smoothly. The first meeting of all the departments concerned was held there. The senior official who attended the meeting said that the government was keen on finishing the process of recruitment as soon as possible. However, it would depend on the Information and Technology (IT) department, which will play a key role in the process.

“The process of filling up of all 72,000 posts will be started now. It is scheduled to be completed before the Lok Sabha code of conduct comes into effect and before a possible stay by the high court. The state may issue an order delegating the powers to fill few posts at the ground level by the district collector or tehsildar to save time,” the official pointed out.

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