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First step to extra hill posts

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 15, 2009

Darjeeling, Oct. 14: The DGHC has decided to issue a new set of guidelines to different departments on staff pattern for creation of additional posts in the council.
Additional posts need to be created to absorb all the 6,287 contract workers of the council as the body has only 3,472 sanctioned vacancies at the moment.
Additional district magistrate Sonam Bhutia who is looking after the establishment section of the council told The Telegraph that the guidelines would be issued within a day or two.
“A secretary would be heading the departments and there would also be an assistant secretary. A section officer would be appointed to look into the affairs of at least three sections,” said Bhutia.
Every section would have one head clerk, two upper division clerks, two lower division clerks, one computer operator and at least two to four Group D staff members. “Ideally there would be three sections in an office. While one would be looking after normal duties, the other two would be in charge of non-plan and planned funds,” said Bhutia.
Depending on the size of the section of each office, provisions have been kept to post an accountant and a cashier.
“Departments like establishments and finance would definitely have more than three sections. For example one would need sections for pension, pay and accounts and record among others for the establishment department,” said Bhutia.
Larger departments, for example, finance would need different cells. “They would be a section for the finance officer, an audit cell, a salary cell and pension cell. This is a tentative guideline that will be circulated to see how many additional posts can be created,” said Bhutia.
Even though the DGHC had put in place a recruitment rule in 1997, this is the first time that efforts are being made to have a proper system in place for the functioning of the council. Till date the departments — there are around 40 in the council — have been functioning without any laid down structure.
Machendra Subba, the president of the Janmukti Astai Karmachari Sangatan — a frontal organisation of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha which had been leading the agitation for regularisation of contract workers — admitted that the process to create additional posts had started.
“A lot of posts can be created in hospitals and the tourism department as well. We are trying to assist the council in creating additional posts,” said Subba. The DGHC department runs a number of lodges, guest houses and trekking huts.
The Sangatan, however, expressed its displeasure over the alleged government delay in approving the guidelines for recruitment. “The guideline had been submitted to the government on September 23 but the approval is yet to come. The process of regularisation (against sanctioned posts) must start as early as possible or else we might have to start another agitation after Diwali,” he said.
DGHC administrator B.L. Meena refused comment.

Darjeeling, Oct. 14(The Telegraph): The DGHC has decided to issue a new set of guidelines to different departments on staff pattern for creation of additional posts in the council.

Additional posts need to be created to absorb all the 6,287 contract workers of the council as the body has only 3,472 sanctioned vacancies at the moment.

Additional district magistrate Sonam Bhutia who is looking after the establishment section of the council told The Telegraph that the guidelines would be issued within a day or two.

“A secretary would be heading the departments and there would also be an assistant secretary. A section officer would be appointed to look into the affairs of at least three sections,” said Bhutia.

Every section would have one head clerk, two upper division clerks, two lower division clerks, one computer operator and at least two to four Group D staff members. “Ideally there would be three sections in an office. While one would be looking after normal duties, the other two would be in charge of non-plan and planned funds,” said Bhutia.

Depending on the size of the section of each office, provisions have been kept to post an accountant and a cashier.

“Departments like establishments and finance would definitely have more than three sections. For example one would need sections for pension, pay and accounts and record among others for the establishment department,” said Bhutia.

Larger departments, for example, finance would need different cells. “They would be a section for the finance officer, an audit cell, a salary cell and pension cell. This is a tentative guideline that will be circulated to see how many additional posts can be created,” said Bhutia.

Even though the DGHC had put in place a recruitment rule in 1997, this is the first time that efforts are being made to have a proper system in place for the functioning of the council. Till date the departments — there are around 40 in the council — have been functioning without any laid down structure.

Machendra Subba, the president of the Janmukti Astai Karmachari Sangatan — a frontal organisation of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha which had been leading the agitation for regularisation of contract workers — admitted that the process to create additional posts had started.

“A lot of posts can be created in hospitals and the tourism department as well. We are trying to assist the council in creating additional posts,” said Subba. The DGHC department runs a number of lodges, guest houses and trekking huts.

The Sangatan, however, expressed its displeasure over the alleged government delay in approving the guidelines for recruitment. “The guideline had been submitted to the government on September 23 but the approval is yet to come. The process of regularisation (against sanctioned posts) must start as early as possible or else we might have to start another agitation after Diwali,” he said.

DGHC administrator B.L. Meena refused comment.

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