About 10 lakh vacancies in central government ministries

The government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that more than 9.79 lakhs of positions are vacant in various ministries and central departments. He also said that more than 2300 Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service positions are vacant in the states.

In a written response to the question posed by BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Complaints and Pensions, Jitendra Singh presented a detailed table showing a total of 9,79,327 vacancies in all central government ministries and departments. to March 01, 2021.

Railway topped the charts with 2.93 lakh vacancies while Defense (Civil) posted 2.65 lakh vacancies, Home Affairs posted 1.43 lakh and Post Office posted 90,050 vacancies. These include 39,366 Group B vacancies (unlisted) and 2.14 lakh Group C vacancies in defence, 2.91 lakh Group C vacancies in railways, 17,864 Group B vacancies (unlisted) and 1.21 lakh Group C vacancies in Home Affairs, 88,000 Group C vacancies in Posts.

“Vacancies in various central government ministries/departments, their attached and subordinate offices are due to retirement, promotion, resignation, death, etc.,” Singh said. Furthermore, he added that when a position remains vacant for more than two years/three years, it becomes “deemed abolished”. However, based on functional justification, these positions can be reactivated, he said.

Singh said the creation and filling of positions in central government is the responsibility of the relevant ministry/department and is an ongoing process. “All central government ministries/departments have been instructed to take action in mission mode to fill vacancies within a limited timeframe,” he said.

The Committee had also recommended that any number above 180 a) compromises quality; b) exceed the capacity of the LBSNAA and c) lead to a distortion of the career pyramid of IAS officers, especially for senior positions in the Government of India.

Regarding IPS agents, the admission of IPS through the CSE has been increased to 200 from CSE-2020. In addition, to fill vacancies in the promotion quota, selection committee meetings are held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) with state governments, Singh said.

Last week, the government told Lok Sabha that the total number of applications received for central government jobs since 2014 was over 22.05 crore. However, about 7.22 lakh candidates were recommended by recruitment agencies to be appointed to different central government departments.

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August 04, 2022

Ashley C. Reynolds