Wednesday May 3 2006 12:34 IST
GULBARGA: Karnataka State SC/ST Unemployed Engineers Action Committee has urged the JD (S)-BJP coalition government to immediately start the process of recruitment of engineers under the backlog quota.
The committee members who have been on an indefinite relay hunger strike have decided to gherao Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy whenever he visited Gulbarga.
Speaking to the media here on Tuesday senior Dalit leader Vitthal Doddamani and committee convenor A.B.Hosamani criticised the new government for not showing any interest on holding backlog recruitment even three months after coming to power.
They pointed out that the previous Dharam Singh government had initiated the process of backlog recruitment of engineers in various departments, but the new government appears to have given a burial to the proposal.
The reluctance of the new government to take up backlog recruitment has caused concern for hundreds of Dalit unemployed engineers with their future hanging in balance, they said.
It may be recalled that the committee which launched a relay fast for 115 days and an indefinite fast for 10 days, had called off the indefinite fast On the assurance of the then chief minister Dharam Singh. However, the relay hunger strike has been continuing for the last 118 days.
During the relay fast Social Welfare Commissioner K.Shivaram visited Gulbarga and called on the agitating engineers on January 18.
He had told them that the government had identified 525 backlog posts of engineers for recruitment.
However, the new government has not even constituted a cabinet sub-committee to look into the issue, they alleged.
The demands of the action committee include among others immediate launching the process of backlog recruitment, filling of supernumery backlog posts of teachers in aided-engineering colleges, polytechnics and ITIs, identifying additional backlog posts by considering inadequacy of roaster among daily wage employees in different departments and publication of a white paper on the actual number of backlog vacancies and the steps taken to fill them.