Following the recent statement given by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that his government is going to fill all vacant posts in various departments and corporations, not only unemployed youth, but also leaders of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation employees’ unions are eagerly waiting for KCR’s final nod to fill more than 2,000 posts lying vacant in the corporation.
If job-seekers are enthusiastic to test their luck in the job recruitment drive, employees of the corporation are of the view that if the vacant posts are filled, their work load will reduce. Some seniors feel that they will get promotions once newcomers are recruited into lower rung positions.
Around 10 months ago, the corporation’s officials had sent a proposal to KCR seeking his consent for immediate filling of 2,000 direct recruitment posts, which include traffic and mechanical supervisor trainee, junior assistant, senior assistant, security personnel and shramiks. Since then, officials have been waiting for his final yes in order to begin the recruitment drive.“We sent the file to Transport minister P Mahender Reddy and later the same was forwarded to the CM. So far, we have not got any response from the CM,” said a senior official.
“At present, the staff ratio in buses is 5.4 to 6. There is a dire need to conduct recruitment to lessen the burden on the present employees and promote senior controllers, which is stalled from 2013,” said E Ashok Kumar, deputy general secretary, National Mazdoor Union. He also requested the government to accord permission for conducting SC/ST back log recruitment.
For last three years, TSRTC has been struggling to fill vacant posts. In fact, it was in 2011-2012 when the corporation in erstwhile united AP had issued its last job notification and since then they have not recruited anyone.
According to officials, in last three years, following various reasons including retirement, 1,879 posts have become vacant and earlier, there were about 1,000 vacancies.Against this backdrop, a statement made by the CM during his speech on Independence Day on August 15, stating that as many as 3,950 vacant posts had been filled in the corporation in the past three years, created a furore among leaders of employees.
They say that all the posts claimed by the CM were not actually filled. But, services of the contract employees working in these posts were regularised, they argue.