Ranchi, Oct. 9: State social welfare minister Annapurna Devi has taken initiatives to fill up vacant posts of child development project officers (CDPOs) through direct recruitment and internal promotions.
Today, the minister approved a proposal to fill up 25 per cent vacancies through departmental promotions. She also asked her department secretary Rajeev Arun Ekka to clear the air on certain queries made by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) for filling up the remaining positions.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the minister admitted that about 145 CDPO posts were lying vacant across the state. Block development officers held additional charges at several places. But this was affecting smooth execution of social welfare, women and child development schemes.
“Earlier, our department had approached the JPSC to fill up the vacancies. But, the commission raised some questions before inviting applications from interested candidates. I have just asked our department secretary to immediately clarify them. He is about to leave for the JPSC office,” she added.
Citing rules, Annapurna Devi said 25 per cent of vacant posts of CDPOs could be filled by anganwadi supervisors. Again, 25 per cent of vacant posts of anganwadi supervisors could be filled up by anganwadi sevikas through departmental promotions or internal exams. “I have just approved this proposal as well,” she added.
The minister also confirmed that the proposal to appoint the chairperson and members of Jharkhand State Women’s Commission was awaiting the chief minister’s nod. It is likely to be approved after Hemant Soren returns from holiday on October 14.
“All formalities have been completed. The file will be put on the chief minister’s table soon after he resumes work. We firmly believe that he will be approving it in a day or two. All key positions at state the women’s commission have been lying vacant since September 8,” she said.
The RJD leader further claimed that she had finished thoroughly assessing the “real” problems faced by her departments — water resources, social welfare, women and child development and registration — and corrective measures had already been initiated. Measures to streamline things will begin after Diwali-Chhath.
Apparently, Annapurna Devi was not happy with her portfolios in the first few weeks after assuming the minister’s charge in August. Party chief Lalu Prasad’s conviction in a fodder case also kept her busy. “It takes time to settle down and understand things. The outcome of my actions will be visible soon,” she said.