This has reference to your news publication “Irregularities in the Horticulture Dept A Class Contractual post engaged in Horticulture Dept by violating RR”. I would like to thank you and congratulate your esteemed agency for bringing out this news and fully agree with your views as in “When the state is facing acute shortage of Government employment with many eligible candidates looking restlessly for a job, such an attempt will be a great demotivation and encroachment of their rights to fair competition for gaining employment”.
This is not the first instance where corrupt practices have deprived many eligible candidates for different post. I would like to bring it to your kind notice one such recruitment drive where many eligible candidates have been deprived of the opportunity to apply for the post. The particular recruitment refers to the engagement of Assistant Registrar in Manipur University of Culture on contract basis.
The said advertisement was published in the first week of January, 2017 dated 2.1.2017. However, it is not clear how many news agencies were given this advertisement notification for publication. The last date of submission of the application form was 20th January, 2017. Just few days after the publication of the advertisement, on 5.1.2017 the Model Code of Conduct came into force (for 2017 Manipur Assembly Election). It is presumed that only some 17/18 candidates submitted their application before the Model Code Conduct was enforced.
As in normal practice, after the Model Code of Conduct is lifted, the advertisement should be re-advertised so as to enable other candidates to apply. However, this was never done. It is not even clear whether the present incumbents engaged in the contractual position of Assistant Registrar had also submitted their applications before the Model Code of Conduct came into force or after.
Hence, the news agency is requested to kindly investigate whether there is any anomalies/fault in the engagement of Assistant Registrar on contract basis at Manipur University of Culture.
Further, I would like to bring it to your kind notice that engaging persons on contract basis and then regularizing later has been banned by the Supreme Court of India as it deprives the eligible candidates for the post by initially discouraging them from applying as the advertisement says contract position. There is a ruling by the Apex Court in the matter.