Election humdrum has a habit of adding speed to all administrative processes before the new political equations kick in. Probably that’s what has added greater impetus to the state government’s will for direct recruitment of deputy collectors, after a gap of more than a decade-and-a-half. Senior officials said on Friday that the process for implementation of the 10-year recruitment calendar, under which, the government aims to recruit as many as 2.53 lakh people over the next decade, has also been, thus, set into motion.
A senior official said the state government has cleared the proposal to recruit 35 deputy collector-grade officers this year. Direct recruitment of deputy collectors had last taken place way back in 1998, which means that it will be after quite a long gap that the cadre would see infusion of fresh blood.
“Requisition for 35 posts of deputy collectors will be sent to Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) shortly. The commission is likely to issue a notification inviting applications for the cadre in the first half of February. We expect recruitment for these posts to be completed in the current year,” he said.
A few mamlatdar and other grade officers were promoted as deputy collectors, but the state government didn’t directly recruit deputy collectors all these years citing excess strength of the cadre. However, as a result of this, existing strength of the cadre is almost 30% lower than the sanctioned strength.
“It is a welcome decision. The cadre has been reeling under vacancies for many years now, and fresh recruitments will provide some relief,” said a senior Gujarat Administrative Service (GAS) official.
In addition to deputy collectors, the government will also send requisition for recruitment of deputy superintendents of police, taluka development officers, mamlatdars, section officers, labour officers, district registrars, and some other cadres, for which direct recruitments had last taken place in 2011.
“Over 300 people are intended to be recruited in these cadres, which are among the most important ones in the government,” said an official.
The government has also started implementation of the recently announced 10-year recruitment calendar, under which it will recruit 2.53 lakh people over a decade, including 36,000 people in the current year.
Officials said that revenue department has issued a notification for recruiting 1,000 talatis.
Panchayat and other departments are also expected to start recruitment in different cadres shortly.
The Gaun Seva Pasandgi Mandal, said officials, is set to issue notification for recruitment of clerks and employees in other cadres.