(News) UPSC has lifted the moratorium on UT Administration
For Directly Recruiting Engineers
In a significant development, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has
lifted the moratorium on UT administration for directly recruiting engineers.
At present, 35 sanctioned posts of engineers are lying vacant, of which 25
are in the engineering department and 10 in the electricity department.
As per norms, 57% recruitment is to be done direct through the UPSC, while
43% of seats are reserved for promotes. The last direct recruitment was done in
2003 when three engineers were hired on the post of assistant engineer (AE).
Prior to that recruitment through the UPSC was done in 1991 when three engineers
joined as AE.
The UPSC had imposed the ban on direction recruitment of engineers after the
UT administration failed to formulate its own service rules, despite repeated
reminders. However, after struggling for years the administration earlier this
year managed to frame its own service rules which were submitted to the ministry
of home affairs (MHA) and were approved.
UT finance secretary VK Singh, who played a key role in framing of rules,
said, “The decision will help them in overcoming acute shortage of engineers in
In absence of adequate engineers, the departments were forced to hand over
additional charge of engineers to junior engineers (JEs), thus affecting the
Courtesy : Hindustan Times