In what could be big news in terms of jobs but with significant financial implications for the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered that 10 lakh people get a job in the central government over the next 18 months.
This announcement comes at a time when the opposition has raised the issue of unemployment in the country. “PM has reviewed the status of human resources in all departments and ministries and has ordered that the government should recruit 10 lakh people in mission mode in the next 1.5 years,” the prime minister’s cabinet tweeted Monday.
P.M @narendramodi reviewed the status of Human Resources in all departments and ministries and ordered that the government recruit 10 lakh people in mission mode over the next 1.5 years.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 14, 2022
The government told Parliament earlier this year that as of March 1, 2020, there are as many as 8.72 lakh vacant posts in central government departments. The central government has sanctioned more than 40 lakh but employs fewer than 32 lakh workers. The government has been trying to fill these vacancies for years, but with little success.
Where are the jobs?
The maximum vacancies are in the major ministries and departments, including Post, Defense (civil), Railways and Tax Authorities. According to details with News18, against nearly 15 lakh sanctioned posts in the railways, there are about 2.3 lakh posts vacant in the Ministry of Railways. In the Defense (Civil) Department, there are nearly 2.5 lakh vacancies against a sanctioned strength of nearly 6.33 lakh employees. There are about 90,000 vacancies in the Postal Department against a total sanctioned strength of 2.67 lakh employees while there are almost 74,000 vacancies in the Tax Office against a total sanctioned strength of 1.78 lakh employees.
|Defense (Civil) Department||2.5 lakh|
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A senior government official told News18 that the work of some departments has suffered due to an acute shortage of workers, new hires are late due to retirements, and even the sanctioned power of employees in ministries has increased over the years. The move could also dent opposition criticism on the unemployment front ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
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