The zonal system that was proposed by the Telangana government in 2018 for the recruitment of employees into government services in the state was approved by the BJP-led Centre yesterday.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs released a gazette notification stating the Telangana Public Employment (Organisation of Local Cadre and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) 2018 had been amended to the Telangana Public Employment (Organisation of Local Cadre and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) Amendment Order, 2021.
This new system will allow the TRS government to reserve 95% of all government jobs in the state for locals. It is hoped that this will bring about a substantial decrease in unemployment among the youth.
Under the system, two Multi-Zones, made up of seven zones, were created for all government departments except the police department, for which two separate Multi-Zones, with their own set of seven zones, have been created. These include all the police commissionerates and district police headquarters in the state.
For recruitments under departments other than the police department, the zones have been categorised as follows - Multi-Zone 1 includes Kaleshwaram, Basara, Rajanna and Bhadradri while Multi-Zone 2 includes Yadadri, Charminar and Jogulamba.
All future employment notifications and recruitment drives will be carried out in adherence to the new zoning method.
Expressing happiness at the development, Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao today stated that the system would help the state greatly.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Happy to share one of the most important achievements of Telangana Govt in ensuring that 95% reservation to local unemployed youth in all Government sector recruitment. Now that the new zonal system is in place, Telangana youth can get their rightful share (sic)."
In his post, he also shared several newspaper clippings on the matter.
Perhaps the Centre's decision will enable the Telangana government to silence some of its detractors who have been lambasting it
for its "failure" to address the issue of rising unemployment in the state.
The implementation of this system is doubly crucial as it is a step towards fulfilling one of the key promises made by the TRS during the Telangana statehood movement - the party had promised that it would create jobs for the youth of the new state.