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Jharkhand: IIT, BIT engineers among new secretarial assistants

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Ranchi | Published: May 28, 2016 12:37:09 PM

In 2014, it was felt that at least 417 posts needed to be filled up through direct recruitment — at the rate of 104 per year.

Raghubar Das News, Jharkhand News, Jharkhand Latest NewsOnly 656 posts have been filled up. In 2014, it was felt that at least 417 posts needed to be filled up through direct recruitment — at the rate of 104 per year.(PTI)

Nearly half of the 92 people who received appointment letters for the post of secretarial assistants from Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday hold engineering degrees, according to sources.

While one of them has an MTech degree from IIT-Kharagpur, others are graduates of institutes such as BIT (Mesra) and BIT (Sindri), among others, it is learnt.

A secretarial assistant is responsible for receiving, dispatching and tracking files and preparing proposals keeping with rules and regulations. The minimum qualification to apply for the post is a graduate degree. Those appointed can reach up to the post of a joint secretary through promotion over the years.

According to officials, there are a total of 1,313 secretarial assistant posts in the state government departments. Of these, 985 are to be filled up through direct recruitment, while the remaining are required to be filled up by promoting upper division clerks, or through internal examination.

At present, only 656 posts have been filled up. In 2014, it was felt that at least 417 posts needed to be filled up through direct recruitment — at the rate of 104 per year.

The process, which started in 2014, has reached its culmination now and a list of 104 names has been cleared. Of these 104 people, 48 hold engineering degrees.

At present, appointment letters have been issued to 92. Of the remaining 12, some have not appeared for verification, while others have discrepancies in their documents, said officials. They would be appointed after verification, said officials

Officials confirmed that one of those issued appointment letters holds an MTech degree from IIT-Kharagpur and is barely 30. Nearly half-a-dozen of them are graduates of BIT (Mesra), while a dozen are BIT (Sindri) alumni. One appointee is from ISM (Dhanbad), which has got the Cabinet’s approval for being upgraded to an IIT. Among the others who received appointment letters are graduates of NIT-Patna, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology in Allahabad, Ranchi University and Acharya Vinoba Bhave University in Hazaribagh.

All appointees would attend a 15-day induction training at the Administration Training Institute here from Friday.

Secretary (Personnel) Nidhi Khare said: “For us, this is a pleasant development. If around 50 per cent of the batch is tech-savvy, then we don’t have to teach them much. This would also encourage the others to master tech skills.

“We are trying to move towards paperless offices and a tech-savvy staff will facilitate that.”

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