KCR’s bonanza for unemployed youth may hit legal roadblock

Hyderabad, Aug 20: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on  Independence Day announced a big bonanza for the unemployed youths in the state but his plans may face legal hurdles.

His announcement to provide of 84,876 jobs is in an attempt to placate the agitating unemployed youth.

Unfurling the national flag for the fourth year at the historic Golconda Fort, he declared that the government would take up recruitment drive this year even for the vacancies that would arise next year in different departments.

This includes 48,070 new vacancies and 36,806 posts for which the recruitment process is at different stages. The recruitment process was already completed for another 27, 660 posts that were announced previously.

KCR claimed that with this the total number of jobs created the state will rise to 1,12,536.

However, his announcement is being viewed with a great degree of scepticism by the opposition parties and also by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which had been leading the agitation by the unemployed youth in recent months.

TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram, who had been demanding KCR to fulfil his election promise of providing one lakh jobs, now wants two lakh posts to be filled. “There are two lakh vacancies and hence the government should fill all the vacant posts,” said Kodandaram.

TJAC chairman, who has emerged as the most bitter critic of KCR, has also announced that a public meeting will be held in Hyderabad after Dasara to highlight the unemployment issue in the state.

Main opposition Congress party termed KCR’s announcement a publicity gimmick. It alleged that the TRS chief failed to honour his promises.

State Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the government provide 12 percent reservations to Muslims in the proposed recruitment.

The Police department with 37,820 posts  would be largest job provider in the proposed round of recruitment drive. The power utilities including the Transco, Genco and Discoms will be filling up 12,961 vacancies while the Education Department will be filling 12,005 teacher posts.

The chief minister has asked officials to prepare an action plan for undertaking the recruitment drive. He asked them to be careful while preparing guideline and ensure that there is no scope for any litigation.

However, experts say the government may face legal hurdles in undertaking the massive recruitment drive. As there is no clarity from the Centre on scrapping the Article 371 (D) of the Presidential Order, the recruitment process could come to a halt if somebody approaches court.

Telangana government has scrapped the zonal system, which was in place due to the Presidential Order but it requires Constitutional amendment and the President’s nod.

The state’s request for abolition of zonal system under Article371 D is pending with the Centre. The government is in a fix over whether to conduct the recruitment through the old system or adop the new two-tier system of state and district level posts recently approved by the state cabinet.

The zonal system was put in place through the 32nd constitutional amendment providing equal opportunities for people belonging to different parts of the united Andhra Pradesh and it was subsequently followed by the Presidential Order in 1975.

KCR has asked his deputy Kadiam Srihari and senior officials to find out a way to fill the vacancies without facing legal hurdles.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has the apprehension that the opposition parties may go to court to stall the recruitment like they did in the case of irrigation projects and other schemes taken up the government.

KCR had been targeting the Congress party for creating hurdles in the path of development by filing court cases. In his Independence Day speech, he said some forces were creating obstacles but vowed to overcome them and take the state ahead on the path of development.

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