As a result of the cabinet direction to identify various vacancies in the government ministries and departments on 25 May this year and apprise the commission within ten days, the heads of various government departments and public sector undertakings have so far reported about 1800 vacancies to the Public Service Commission. In various departments almost 700 vacancies of assistants have been reported at the head office while the remaining vacancies are from different posts at various district offices during the period.
The Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department earlier had warned the appointing authorities by issuing circular and directives for failing to abide by the directives, but nothing concrete had come out from it. The cabinet has decided to speed up the vacancy reporting process now and has decided to lift the freeze. It would mean government to take action against those who had been appointed in different departments, universities, local governments and other governmental organizations as temporary or casual employees and had been serving for long on different premises of the company. The department heads would now have to provide details of the posts manned by such employees soon after the vacancy identification process moves forward, exposing grafts behind such appointments.
According to rules, the vacancies could be filled only through depending on the rank list where there is a ranked list for selection. Now, the head of the government departments and appointing authorities would have to strictly abide by the rules and all vacancies with a duration of six months and above should be immediately reported to the commission.
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