80K posts vacant, process on to fill them up: CM

JAMMU: Nearly 80,000 posts are vacant in different state departments in Jammu and Kashmir, the government said on Wednesday.
It said 77,970 posts are lying vacant in gazetted, non-gazetted and class-IV in different departments and they have been referred to various recruitment agencies.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who also holds General Administration Department (GAD) portfolio, informed the Legislative Council that 55,823 posts are vacant in the direct quota with 5778 in gazetted category, 37169 in non-gazetted category and 12876 in class-IV category. Similarly for promotional quota there are 22147 vacancies with 4638 in gazetted, 16130 in non-gazetted and 1379 in class-IV categories.
Abdullah said that most of the vacancies are in School Education Department with 22894, which include 3375 in gazetted category, 17138 in non-gazetted and 2381 in class-IV category.
School Education is followed by Home Department with 9067 vacancies in which 164 are gazetted, 8759 are non-gazetted and 144 are Class-IV vacancies.   Health and Medical Education Department has 7019 vacancies in which 1222 are gazetted vacancies, 4762 non-gazetted and 1035 class-IV vacancies.
Agriculture Department has 4143 vacancies out of which 616 are gazetted, 2311 are non-gazetted and 1216 class-IV posts.
Higher Education Department has 3282 vacancies with 2218 in gazetted category, 588 in non-gazetted And 476 in Class-IV.
Abdullah in his written reply informed the House that High Court had put selections on hold due to litigation as a consequence of shifting to the fixed salary mode of recruitment in the non-gazetted categories.
“After disposal of the case, recruitment process has been expedited and recently Services Selection Board conducted a written test on 17th and 21st of September 2013 for around 11000 posts in which over 3 lakh candidates participated,” he said.
He said to fill up the vacancies is a time consuming process because it involves many steps like referral of vacancies, advertisements, screening of applications, conduct of examination, short listing of candidate, interviews etc.
Besides, he said, the Board is also in the process of conducting type test for more than 2000 posts of junior assistants/junior stenographers through NIELIT at Srinagar and Jammu centres.
The Board is also going to conduct written test for about 3000 technical posts viz junior engineer, physiotherapist, multipurpose health worker, draftsman civil, etc, he said.
Abdullah said the recruitment process is in full swing and the government has also strengthened the services Selection Board by posting more members.
“GAD is in the process of identifying available vacancies to be filled up through Combined Competitive Examination, 2014 also,” Abdullah said.
He said for the purpose of recruitment of class-IV vacancies, various departmental Selection Committees are in position. These committees have been geared up and presently the process of filling up of class-IV vacancies is under way at different stages in various departments and the same is also likely to be completed soon.
Besides, all the administrative departments have been asked to activate the departmental promotion committees and hold their meetings, for filling up of the promotion quota vacancies at the earliest, Abdullah added.