PratipLAST UPDATED: Jan. 23, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
New Delhi, Jan 23: The Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth (CCIG) led by PM Modi has directed to fill up nearly seven lakh vacant posts in the central government.
In a circular to all secretaries of ministries, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has passed on these directions of the panel, which comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah among others.
“The Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth in the meeting held on December 23, 2019 has directed to take time-bound action to fill up the existing vacancies in various ministries/departments,” the DoPT circular stated.
The government has asked for a report with the action taken to fill up the existing vacancies. “The first such report should reach this department latest by February 5, 2020,” the circular stated.
As of 2018, there were nearly seven lakh vacancies in the central government. While, since 2014 the total number employees has decreased despite increase in the anctioned number of posts by almost 1.57 lakh.
According to the data, there are nearly 31.18 lakh central government in position as on March 1, 2018 against a total sanctioned strength of over 38 lakh posts.
While, the sanctioned strength of the central government workforce has increased by 1.57 lakh posts since 2014, the number of employees in place in 2018 has decreased since 2014 when 32.23 lakh employees were in service.
As of March 1, 2018, Indian Railways, which is the biggest central government employer, had nearly 2.5 lakh vacancies. There are about 1.9 lakh vacancies in the Defence (Civilian) sector. Whereas, almost all ministries have vacancies.
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