With the selection of 10,442 police constables on Friday, the Telangana government has touched the halfway mark in filling up vacancies in government jobs since the formation of the State.
The government had identified about 70,000 vacancies out of the total sanctioned posts of 4.12 lakh and so far given permissions to fill up 34,498 posts, which marked the halfway mark. The selection for 10,442 posts of police constables was the biggest tranche in the whole process till now.
Officials expect the creation of jobs to be much higher if the notification for recruitment of teachers by District Selection Committee is issued, because about 10,000 posts will be filled up in one go. The recruitment of teachers by DSC has not taken place since the creation of Telangana State. There are already 2.25 lakh teachers in employment under various managements.
Apart from police, the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has filled up 5,940 jobs in various departments and it will shortly issue notification for another 8,172 vacancies, according to the TSPSC Chairman Ghanta Chakrapani.
The stand of the government that only 70,000 vacancies were identified ran contrary to the claim of Telangana Joint Action Committee that 1.37 lakh vacancies were identified, of which 15,000 jobs were filled by TSPSC and the police.
T-JAC Chairman M. Kodandaram said the rally of unemployed youth from Sundaraiah Vignana Kendra here on February 22 demanding commencement of process to fill the identified vacancies will be go ahead. He said there were 1.07 lakh vacancies when the State was formed and the figure went up to 1.37 lakh with the retirement of 30,000 staff since. The TRS MLC Karne Prabhakar criticised Mr. Kodandaram saying the latter needlessly instigated youth as the government was going ahead with recruitment on the basis of vacancies identified by Kamalanathan Committee which went into division of employees between Telangana and AP.