New Delhi, 27th September 2023: The Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) 2022 results for Chargeman and Junior Works Manager (JWM) positions in Ordnance Units are facing an unprecedented delay. The bureaucratic style and red-tapism under the leadership of Sudhir Srivastava, ADG – Directorate of Ordnance (Coordination & Services), have been cited as the primary reasons for the delay. The situation raises questions about the government’s ambitious plans for the corporatization of Ordnance Factories.
The LDCE 2022 results, eagerly awaited by candidates for Chargeman and JWM positions within Ordnance Units, have been delayed due to bureaucratic obstacles and legal intricacies. The leadership of Sudhir Srivastava, ADG – Directorate of Ordnance (Coordination & Services), has come under scrutiny for maintaining silence on the issue, which contradicts the government’s goals of streamlining and corporatizing Ordnance Factories.
The root of the delay can be traced back to a case of examination inconsistency filed at the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in Jabalpur. On August 4, 2023, CAT Jabalpur issued an order under case number O.A/376/2023 (JABALPUR), directing the respondents to expedite the examination process. The tribunal’s order explicitly stated that any promotions would be contingent on the final resolution of the ongoing case.
Despite the legal directive, ADG Sudhir Srivastava has not taken steps to publish the LDCE 2022 results in line with the court order. This inaction has led to further delays and frustration among candidates. The All India Association of Non-Gazetted Officers has requested the ADG to take necessary action, but the issue remains unresolved. This raises the question: Can Ordnance Units truly achieve corporate-level efficiency with such bureaucratic hindrances?
The delay in the LDCE 2022 results has exposed the bureaucratic challenges plaguing Ordnance Units. The silence of ADG Sudhir Srivastava on the matter has only exacerbated the situation, casting a shadow over the government’s ambitious plans for the corporatization of Ordnance Factories.
A query sent through the Defence PRO has yet to receive a reply from the department.
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