HC pulls up govt for vacancies in Transport Department

NEW DELHI, 12/02/2018: A view of Delhi High Court, in New Delhi on February 12, 2018. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Govt did not take any steps to fill up vacant posts: Bench

The Delhi High Court has pulled up the city government for lack of recruitment in its Transport Department since 2008, saying nothing has been done to fill up vacant posts.

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K. Rao said the Delhi government does not appear to have taken any steps to fill up the vacant posts.

It asked the government how many recruitment requisitions it had issued since 2008 to fill up vacancies in the Transport Department’s Enforcement Wing, which was also created that year.

The court made the Services Department of the government and the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board a party in the case and sought their response on the action taken to fill up vacancies.

626 posts vacant

The Bench said it was unsatisfied by the Delhi government’s affidavit that said of the 807 posts — comprising enforcement officers, inspectors, sub-inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors, head constables and foot constables — 626 are vacant. The court was hearing a petition highlighting a “huge gap” in existing and sanctioned strength of officers in the enforcement cadre of the Delhi government’s Transport Department. The public interest litigation (PIL), filed by a medico through advocate Ayush Arora, has sought an increase in the sanctioned strength of the Transport Department’s enforcement cadre in proportion to the increase in vehicular population in the city.

The Enforcement Wing is empowered to prosecute people violating the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, Central Motor Vehicle Rules and the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules.

The plea said that adequate manpower is necessary to tackle all violations on roads and highways and to also nab polluting vehicles.

[“Source-thehindu”]