Saturday, February 14, 2015

Congress seeks local quota in jobs

Times of India, Feb 14, 2015
BHUBANESWAR: The opposition Congress on Friday repeatedly stalled assembly proceedings by creating pandemonium over alleged regional disparity in recruitment for government posts in backward KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) districts.

Barring the question hour, little business could be transacted during the day, with Congress MLAs storming the well and forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn proceedings.

During zero hour, Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati alleged gross regional disparity during recruitment, mainly for Class IV posts, in KBK and western Odisha districts.

The practice of appointing candidates from outside has sparked resentment among unemployed youths of these districts, he said, demanding that recruitment, particularly for Class IV posts, should be made from within a district.

Some members belonging to other political parties also supported Bahinipati's suggestion, leading to the Speaker twice adjourning the house before the lunch break. The scenes remained the same post-lunch.

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