Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday said the state government had no objection if the graduate engineers want their recruitment through the BPSC instead of the BTSC.
“State government had decided to recruit engineers through the BTSC with only motive to make the recruitment process faster. We have no problem, if you want to come through the BPSC,” Nitish said while addressing an event of rural works department (RWD) at the CM secretariat’s ‘Samvad’ auditorium here.
In July 2018, the state government, through a legislation, upgraded the existing Bihar Technical Employees Selection Commission (BTESC) as the BTSC and decided to recruit doctors, graduate engineers and veterinary doctors through new recruiting body.
But the Bihar Engineering Service Association (BESA), a union of graduate engineers, opposed the state government’s move and demanded their recruitment through the BPSC, as was the practice earlier.
To press for the restoration of their recruitment process through the BPSC and some other demands, members of the BESA went on an indefinite strike across the state since February 6. “However, we called-off our strike on February 8 following a positive talk with the state’s chief secretary Deepak Kumar,” BESA president Ajay Kumar Sinha told TOI over phone on Saturday.
Welcoming the CM’s announcement on behalf of the BESA, Sinha said he hoped the state government would soon bring out a notification or circular for restoring the recruitment process through the BPSC.
Though the CM made announcement about the graduate engineer, he didn’t clarify whether the doctors and veterinary doctors would continue to be recruited through the BTSC.
“It is the demand of the BESA. The associations of government doctors and the veterinary doctors had so far not made any such demand. Hence, the state government has not made any announcement for them,” BESA president said.
Sinha said around 3,000 posts of graduate engineers are currently vacant in various departments of the state government. “We hope the BPSC will now speed up the recruitment process,” he said.