Modi govt’s mismanagement exposed, over 8 lakh posts lying vacant despite high unemployment

New Delhi, July 31 (KMS): Although there have been 8.72 lakh vacant posts in India’s central government departments, but despite a high ratio of unemployment, the posts remain unfilled clearly indicating mismanagement on part of Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Indian Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha (upper house of Indian Parliament) while responding to a question that there were around 8.72 lakh vacant posts in different central government departments as on March 01, 2020, reported South Asian Wire.

The sanctioned strength of all central government departments was 40,04,941 (as on March 01, 2020), of which 31,32,698 employees were in position then, he said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. The total number of vacant posts as on March 01, 2020 was 8,72,243, the minister noted.

Giving details of the recruitments done by the three major recruiting agencies for the last five years, he said, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recruited 25,267 candidates, the Staff Selection Commission 2,14,601 candidates and the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) recruited 2,04,945 candidates, from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

As per the government data on the backlog of reserved vacancies, there were a total of 14,366 unfilled vacancies against the sanctioned vacancies of 28,245 in the Schedule Caste (SC) category as on January 01, 2020. The number of such vacancies in Schedule Tribe (ST) category is 12,612 and the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is 15,088. These vacancies are across departments including posts, railways, defence production, financial services, housing and urban affairs.

As a response to a Rajya Sabha question regarding the number of vacant posts in the Union Education Ministry, and its subordinate offices, central universities and other educational/ technical/ management institutes, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed that of the 41,421 sanctioned teaching posts, 13,701 are vacant in central universities and other educational/ technical/ management institutes.

Similarly, of the 61,624 sanctioned non-teaching posts, 24,945 are vacant in central universities and other educational/ technical/ management institutes. Whereas the number of sanctioned non-teaching posts in the Ministry of Education (Main Secretariat) is 1,072, of which 347 are lying vacant.