Himachal Diary

PhD students among 18K applicants for 42 posts of peon, gardener, cook in Himachal secretariat

PhD students among 18K applicants for 42 posts of peon, gardener, cook in Himachal secretariat

Union Minister Piyush Goyal in Kullu on Sunday.

Notwithstanding tall claims of the successive regimes about jobs, the fact that 18,000 youth applied for the 42 posts of peon, gardener and cook in the state secretariat is an eye opener. What is even more painful is the fact that some of these applicants are far more qualified for the jobs. There are many who are pursuing PhD while there are hundreds who are postgraduate. Such figures compel one to doubt the actual job figures issued by the authorities.

Piyush strikes chord with public

Enjoying the image of a performing minister with good administrative skills, Union Minister Piyush Goyal was seen exhibiting his equally affable public dealing skills during a function in the state capital. “If you have any complaint against the Chief Minister, please feel free to tell me. I will speak to him,” he said, while putting at ease a woman from a village in CM Jai Ram Thakur’s constituency of Seraj. It’s a different matter that the women was all praise for her MLA and CM.

Coop bank in controversy

A cooperative bank has been in the news for all wrong reasons this week. About Rs 22 lakh was withdrawn from the Una branch of the bank and deposited back by an employee. Also, many took to social media regarding the bad loans extended by the Una branch to a Manali hotel. Earlier, it was in the news for cash deposited by a relative of powerful ruling party politician in violation of the RBI guidelines. The management of the bank has, however, been maintaining a silence over the issues.

Hogging credit

In a bid to hog credit, an officer, after assuming charge in Solan district, decided to re-invent ongoing schemes. The endeavour, it seems, was aimed at grabbing the media headlines. In one such attempt, a scheme functional, since 2019, which was shortlisted for a national award for e-Governance in the Department of Administrative Reforms, was also launched afresh. The staff are in the dilemma, who can neither oppose, nor wholeheartedly support such exhibitionism.

Contributed by Pratibha Chauhan, Lalit Mohan and Ambika Sharma

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