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‘Lax attitude’ of MMC committee caused posts to lapse?

11th January 2019, 03:18 Hrs

the goan I network

MARGAO

Who’s responsible in the corridors of the Margao Municipal Council behind allowing a number of posts, close to 50 posts to be precise, to lapse denying promotional avenues for existing staff and direct recruitment for the unemployed?

Margao Municipal Council’s departmental promotion committee has cleared the promotions of only two employees when a whole lot of posts, including 17 office staff, have been lying vacant for around two years now. Inquiries by The Goan have only revealed that the vacant posts could not be filled up by the departmental promotion committee as these 17 posts have lapsed for reasons best known to the Municipal authorities. And, it will require the civic body to undertake a tedious process of reviving the posts, including knocking the doors of the government, before the Municipal employees can look forward for their promotions in the civic body.

Amongst the posts that have lapsed including the two posts of office superintendents. Sources in the know pointed out that the two posts were not filled up on time, after the retirement of the two incumbents. In fact, it is now close to half-a-decade since one of these posts had fallen vacant, and the posts have lapsed for want of filling up of the vacancy on time.

Other important posts that have lapsed during these 2-3 years are that of the Upper Divisional Clerks. That the two posts have lapsed have only blocked the promotional avenues of the LDCs, working in the civic body for a long time now. It’s now close to three years since the lone librarian had retired from office, but failure to fill up the post on time, has resulted in the post getting lapsed.   

Incidentally, as many as six posts of LDCs have been lying vacant and workers, who have been working in the office over the years, now stand denied the opportunity of much sought after promotion as clerks.

Besides, the posts of a steno, one peon, one site supervisor, a supervisor and two supervisors have all lapsed in the civic body over the years with the Municipal administration delaying in initiating the exercise of filling up the vacant posts.

Inquiries further revealed that around 30 posts of workers, which were not filled up by the civic body over the years, have all lapsed. Whether the Municipal administration deliberately got the posts of workers lapsed is a question being asked in the corridors of the civic body with the Municipality repeatedly resorting to engaging daily wage labourers to carry out the tasks earlier carried out by the workers on the rolls.

At the last Council meeting, city fathers led by former Chairperson Arthur D’Silva and Ketan Kurtarkar expressed their concern over the posts being allowed to lapse over the years and have called upon the Municipal administration to provide a detailed list of the number of lapsed posts and the applications made to the government for their revival.