Vol. XLIII No. 06 February 10, 2019

Meanwhile in Tripura

Rahul Sinha

THE Vision document of BJP for the assembly election of 2018 had promised to give 50,000 government jobs to the unemployed youths of Tripura within one year if they formed government. But after 11 months of the BJP led government in office, the much hyped promise of 50,000 government jobs remains unfulfilled. Further, the moves of the government make it clear that it wants to close the doors of government employment for the youth. Rather it wants to do away with recruitment of permanent employees and opt for outsourcing. 

Since assuming office, the government has cancelled the recruitment process for more than 8000 different posts in different departments which were initiated by the Tripura Public Service Commission when the Left Front was in office. Last year, on December 27, a notification on the new recruitments was issued by the Department of GA (P&T) which said, all the departments willing to directly recruit new people must send a proposal in a prescribed format to the aforesaid department providing a valid explanation of the reasons for such a recruitment.  The matter shall be discussed and a nod for fresh recruitment will be given only if the explanation is found to be satisfactory.  This is actually an infringement on the autonomy of the departments to recruit new people according to their need. 

Furthermore, in another memorandum dated January 2, 2019, it noted that outsourcing of staffs should be a preferred option not only for central schemes but in other cases also since it will save the government from permanent financial liabilities. The memo also noted that outsourcing of staffs can be done in place of DRW, MRW and contingent workers, whose appointments have been stopped by the Department of Finance.

The government has also put a question mark on the examinations for the posts of graduate and post graduate teachers conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board, Tripura, scheduled for February 24. The admit cards, according to the notification of TRBT were to be available for downloading from February 1. But till February 2, no admit card was uploaded on the website of the board. The applicants met the education minister Ratanlal Nath and the chairman of TRBT, but none gave any concrete assurance on when the examinations would be held. The aggrieved applicants staged protest in front of the TRBT office on February 2nd and 3rd.