Tribune News Service
Faridabad, October 13
With 52 per cent of the posts lying vacant, the HSVP office here is faced with staff crisis. The acute shortage has not only adversely affected its routine functioning, but also hit residents hard.
“While the posting of the administrator and the estate officer (EO) has become a game of musical chairs, the staff or employees required for routine work and disposal of files have been inadequate to meet the workload and the deadlines for work disposal in the office,” said an official. He said against the sanctioned strength of 137 employees, the office had been left with only 71 functional staff due to retirement at regular intervals and the non-recruitment or appointment of staff to replace them. Besides, 75 per cent of the posts in the engineering section of the department were lying vacant. Though some of the staff has been transferred to the newly created department of the Faridabad Metro Development Authority (FMDA), no new employee or official has been posted in the office in the past about 10 years, resulting in the crisis, it was claimed.
“My file regarding the transfer of the property has been pending for approval for the past over six months,’’ said a resident of Sector 8 here. The office has got as many as eight administrators, IAS officers, and six EOs, HCS officers, in the past five years, suggesting that their average tenure is not more than six months. The last incumbent to the post of the administrator remained on the post for only four months before he was replaced last month. The post of the EO has failed to remain stable though this office is required to deal with 65,000 files here, it is claimed. The office is faced with hurdles in the recovery of several crores of dues lying pending for many years, according to officials concerned.
Admitting staff shortage, Monika Gupta, administrator, HSVP here, said the issue was being taken up with the higher authorities.
No recruitment in 10 years
The office had been left with only 71 functional staff due to retirement at regular intervals and the non--recruitment or appointment of staff to replace them. No new employee or official has been posted in the office in the past about 10 years, resulting in the crisis. An official
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