Rakesh Singha

Shimla: The CPM has blamed the state government for renouncing from its social responsibility. Party state leader Rakesh Singha, in his address in the ongoing conference, questioned the decision of the state government of declaring vacant posts in various departments as a dying cadre.

CPM leader said that as per the Govt’s decision, in IPH department 21% of Assistant Engineers, Junior engineers 26%, and Beldar 18%, Pump operators 391 (11%), helpers 2568 (83%) fitters 372 (23%) and Beldars 8041 (62%) would be declared dying cadre and would severely effect the functioning and service delivery of the department.

Similarly the condition of the state electricity board is precarious as vacancy of Assistant engineers by 18%, Clarke and Meter readers by 54% and team mate by 38% were vacant.

Singha further revealed that the Public transport system is also facing staff shortage and in 23 HRTC depots on an average 10 routes were always suspended due to shortage of staff.

CPM Leader further elaborated that the health department has 4500 vacant posts, while in agriculture department there were 58% vacant posts of Agriculture development officers and 44% posts of horticulture development officers were vacant in horticulture department.

Likewise in the animal husbandry department 24% posts of senior animal husbandry officer, 9% pharmacist 9 and 19% posts of assistants were vacant.