Shillong: Following the Meghalaya Cabinet’s decision to fill up 13 vacant posts of child development project officers under the social welfare department, the Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council (HYC) has now demanded that the state government should hold its decision.
HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin and general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to social welfare minister Kyrmen Shylla citing that the state government is unable to come up with its own rules and regulations for the recruitment of woman supervisors, thereby denying them of any promotional avenues to the posts of CDPOs.
The memorandum further states, “The posts of supervisor in our state is a stagnant post. There are many supervisors who are near retirement after years of service but are denied their due of promotion because of the indifferent attitude of the successive governments of our state.”
According to the HYC, in an RTI reply dated July 20, 2020, the directorate of social welfare mentioned that it has around 5,896 AWCs in the 11 districts of the state with the sanctioned posts of 222 woman supervisors to monitor and supervise these AWCs.
And that as per the RTI information received from the directorate of social welfare, there is no service rules till date for the recruitment of woman supervisors and Anganwadi workers in the state in spite of the fact that the Central government has directed all states and UTs to frame rules for appointments to the posts of CDPOs and supervisors of ICDS projects.
The memorandum further read, “However to the questions asked whether a Supervisor can be promoted to a higher Post and whether there is any direction from the Central Government to frame Rules for the Recruitment of Supervisor, the answer to both the questions were “NO”. This is either a misleading answer or an attempt to hide information by the Department, to which we request you to take cognizance of and take necessary action.”
The HYC in its memorandum has listed three demands:
Keep on hold any decision for direct recruitment to the post of CDPOs, either contractual or permanent basis, in the absence of any service rules for recruitment of supervisor as per the Central government’s direction.
To frame the service rules for the recruitment of the supervisors and AWWS as early as possible following the guidelines provided by the ministry concerned of the Central government.
To provide for recruitment to the post of CDPOs from among the supervisors as per directives of the Central government.