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Jharkhand: Why Bandhu Tirkey is upset with his own government

 

Ranchi: Ahead of the winter session of the assembly from December 16, Mandar MLA of the ruling Congress, Bandhu Tirkey has threatened to launch stir against the state government for delaying promotions to hundreds of SC/ST employees stating that many are awaiting for it since creation of the Jharkhand. Tirkey lashed out at bureaucrats accusing them for delaying it despite a special committee set up by state assembly submitted its report six months ago to state government.

Addressing press conference on Sunday at his residence in Morabadi, Tirkey said that after he raised a question in this matter in the House in March last year, speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto had constituted a three member committee under the chairmanship of Deepak Birua (Chaibasa MLA of JMM) to look into the issue and give their recommendations. Other MLAs in the committee included Sarfaraz Ahmed (Congress) and Neelkant Singh Munda (BJP). Tirkey was later roped in as special invitee in the committee.

“The committee held rigorous meetings with all concerned officials, studied different court rulings and the policies of other states, after which it submitted its report to assembly speaker on February 2, 2021. Meanwhile, on December 24 last year, chief minister had put on hold all promotions of SC/ST employees on the request of the committee till its report. State assembly secretariat forwarded the recommendations to state government on June 11 this year for taking action based on the recommendations. But six months down the line, nothing has moved and SC/ST officials continue to retire due to lack of promotions,” said Tirkey, claiming that during their meeting with CM, he said he directed concerned departments to implement the recommendations at the earliest.

“Despite this, the only conclusion that one can draw with the delay is that bureaucrats in the state don’t even listen to the CM. They (bureaucrats) think they are above the lawmakers,” he commented, stating that it is because of the bureaucratic apathy, government is getting bad name and all crucial policies related to employment in the state continued to remain stonewalled.

According to Bandhu, while promotions of SC/ST officials in the state since inception of Jharkhand remained negligible, other juniors from general category, many much more junior to their tribal counterparts in several departments, continued to get timely promotions. “The assembly committee in its recommendation to state government advised to take punitive action against all such wrong promotions. Without promotions, many SC/ST officials are getting retired losing out on slew of benefits meant for them,” he said warning of the stir. “If the state government doesn’t take corrective action in next one week, then I along with other tribal MLAs will be forced to begin massive agitation,” he said.

Notably, a three member committee of IAS officials set up separately by the state government to into this issue in its final report to chief minister on November 3 conceded about inadequate representation of SC and ST employees in promotion at every level in the state government job. The report stated that the percentage of SC and ST employees getting promoted against the sanctioned post stood at a meager of 4.45 per cent and 10.04 per cent respectively. Ideally, it should have been 12.08 per cent (SC) and 26.20 (ST), stated the report that was released by state IPRD department last month.