“The administration is fully conscious of the issues and will take all possible steps to address the grievances and to assuage the sentiments of the general public, especially, the unemployed youths,” Chief Secretary Anand Prakash told a press conference here on Tuesday.
He said that the unemployed youth of the islands had  in the recent past made representations to the administration for providing them adequate job opportunities and giving them a preference in government jobs by making residence criteria essential for public employment.
The Chief Secretary said he held consultative meeting with representatives of political parties and NGOs on Monday and had also briefed the Lt. Governor about the outcome of the meeting.
He said that the administration had in the past proposed a regulation to prescribe residence criteria for public employment, but the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) did not approve it.
Considering the socio-economic condition of the islanders and the remoteness of the area, the matter would again be taken up with the Central government, he said.

As a long-term solution for the problem, a proposal will be sent to the Central government to bring the requisite legislation in Parliament in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

About the short-term plan, the Chief Secretary said that in order to mitigate the problem, all the departments will hence forth stop the procedure of online notification of vacancies and instead issue them in the local print media.
As part of the short-term measure, the administration has also issued directions to all departments to fill up all the existing vacancies expeditiously by following a fair and transparent method of selection, he said.
"There are a number of vacant posts in departments like education, which could not be filled due to non-availability of qualifying candidates. The administration requests the islanders to qualify themselves to become eligible for the posts," he said.
Announcing that free coaching for teachers recruitment examinations were being conducted by the administration, he urged all the intending candidates to take advantage of this facility.
In the interest of school students, the qualification stipulated for the teachers cannot be compromised at any cost, he said.


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