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Note on recruitments sets cat among the pigeons



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has upset the applecart of cabinet ministers by intimating government departments that  recruitments for Group ‘C’ posts would  be  carried out through the Goa Staff Selection Commission, which has not yet been formed. 

Sawant has postponed the recruitment process by  a few more months, factoring in  financial crunch in the state.

The note moved by the Chief Minister to the Chief Secretary and the secretaries of all the departments  says  that all the advertisements issued pursuant to passing of the Goa Staff Selection Commission bill are required to be withdrawn immediately and no new advertisement shall be issued by an department separately.

Although the Goa Staff Selection Commission bill was passed by the state legislative assembly in the monsoon session, it has not yet received the assent of the Governor.

The Chief Minister’s note over the recruitments for  Group ‘C’ posts has set  the cat among the pigeons, upsetting many cabinet ministers. The ministers feel that this move will clip their political influence vis-à-vis  recruitments, as they will not able to ensure jobs to the youth from their assembly constituencies.

Currently, the health department is in the process of recruiting over 1,500 posts including at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim

Besides, the art and culture and other few departments have also advertised various posts.

Sources said that if the government recruits 3,000 to 4,000 people it would put  burden of over Rs 160 crore on the state treasury every  year. The government can’t afford this financial burden in the current situation.

However, the idea of filling  Group ‘C’ posts such as lower division clerks, peons, drivers and others through the proposed commission has been welcomed by people as it would bring in fair play for deserving candidates.

As far as the formation of the staff selection commission is concerned,  the sources said that it will take at least another four to six months: the Governor must give her assent; rules are to be framed and  chairman must be appointed.

The chairman should be a retired civil servant  and not below the super-scale category.

The commission will have two members.

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