Pathanamthitta: In a recent inspection to determine the vacant posts in government offices, the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department of Kerala Government has found more than 300 posts lying vacant in various government offices in Pathanamthitta. The Administrative Vigilance Cell under the PARD reached the findings based on data from the past six months. The Department has given directions to the concerned authorities to fill the vacancies.
Under secretary V Sen who headed the inspections said that his team inspected around thirty district offices.
The probe revealed that many offices have failed to implement the ten present reservation allocated for the last grade workers in the Lower Division Clerk vacancies created by transfer.
Many offices have combined the number of lower and upper division clerk vacancies; in some cases this has resulted in falsely calculating the vacancies as twenty per cent.
The appointments should be made according to the number of posts available; many offices have failed to follow this simple rule. The Department’s directive that only vacancies created after January 2014 can be considered for such appointments is also ignored.
PARD officials have indicated that unregulated appointments will be canceled and appointees will have to return to their previous posts. PARD had passed the rule allocating ten percent vacancies to last grade workers in government service in 2014. Until then it was restricted to five percent by a 1974 ruling. The team of inspecting officers from PARD consisted of section officer Shajudin, assistant section officers Jibin Sha and Praveen.
The Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department reviews structure and functioning of the state administrative machinery, and is entrusted with making recommendation to improve its efficiency.