4,136 posts under land ministry lie vacant
The field level offices under the Land Ministry are hard pressed to serve people due to shortage of manpower for long despite having vacancies. The situation arose as the authority is unable to recruit employees following the Supreme Court's invalidation of two military regimes, which made 166 recruitment policies and guidelines null and void.
Finally, the Ministry has taken steps to start the recruitment process after getting clearance from the Public Administration Ministry and the Secretarial Committee on Administration Development (SCAD). The committee has already given its nod to two separate drafts of guidelines prepared by the Ministry to recruit its manpower against the vacancies.
The drafts of guidelines are 'Union Assistant Land Officer and Union Sub-Assistant Land Officer Recruitment Guidelines' and 'Recruitment Guidelines for Field Level Officials and Employees of the Land Ministry'. The Secretarial Committee gave its approval on the draft on June 20 this year, according to the Land Ministry sources.
When contacted, Land Ministry's Secretary Maksudur Rahman Patwary told this correspondent on Wednesday that they have already received clearance of the Secretarial Committee on Administrative Development. After getting their nod, the Ministry has already started procedures of recruiting fresh manpower to fill up the vacancies.
According to the Ministry documents, there are vacancies of total 4,163 persons against its 10 level posts. Of those, most of the districts don't have a land acquisition officer (LAO) and revenue deputy collector (RDC). The positions of 63 LAOs and 64 RDCs are vacant for a long while 27 offices of Assistant Commissioner of Land (AC Land) are also vacant now.
According to the Ministry officials, the posts are reserved for cadre officers. Those will be filled up with admin cadre officers through the PA Ministry posting order. The Land Ministry will take necessary steps to fill up the vacancies through discussion.