Port Blair, Jan 13: An extended Central Executive Committee meeting of the Non Gazetted Govt. officers’ Association, A & N Islands held at Port Blair on 9th January, 2020 expressed serious concern on a large number of posts lying vacant under Andaman & Nicobar Administration. In a resolution adopted in the meeting the Association expressed unhappiness over undue delay to fill up the vacant posts. Around 8000 sanctioned posts are lying vacant now and non filling up of the posts is adversely affecting the normal functioning of various Departments causing delay and inconvenience to the general public on various services.

A large number of vacancies of LGCs and MTS staff are very badly affecting the working of the offices and existing employees are under tremendous pressure of huge workload. The health care system of the Islands is also facing difficulty to cope with the shortage of staff nurses and other technical staff. The Education Department is running with a shortage of nearly 800 staff where large number of posts of principals, vice principals and teachers remained vacant for last many years. The condition of other departments is also similar where serving employees are over burdened with workload and many are opting for volunteer retirement.

The Association demanded immediate action from the Administration to fill- up these  posts as vacancies lying vacant for more than two years  fall under ‘deemed abolished category’ and revival of those posts is not easy.

The meeting was presided by Shri R Rajendran, President of the Association. Shri T S Sreekuma, General Secretary and other office bearers addressed the meeting.