PMO seeks data on vacant government posts
- The PMO instruction has resulted in ministries and departments issuing internal circulars seeking information on sanctioned strength, positions filled and percentage of vacancies
- On an average, vacancies in most departments are between 40% and 45%. In I-T, it is 50%, 45% in CAG. There are sanctioned posts, but no recruitment. Such reports mean nothing: Confederation of Central Government Employees president
The move follows the opposition’s accusations that the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have failed in not only creating jobs but also filling up existing vacancies. The instruction has resulted in ministries and departments issuing internal circulars seeking information on sanctioned strength, positions filled and percentage of vacancies.
The ministry of defence was intimated that a meeting has been scheduled shortly by the PMO to discuss civilian posts lying vacant in various ministries/departments, according to a May 3 circular issued by undersecretary Phani Tulasi K. They have sought details of various posts lying vacant as on April 30, 2019.
Meanwhile, D V Sadananda Gowda, minister for statistics and programme implementation, who had defended the government in the controversy over leaked NSSO jobs data, said on Thursday: “The PM is busy with elections, I don’t think there is any such effort. My ministry has about 6,000 employees. I haven’t seen any such circular.”
Confederation of Central Government Employees president KKN Kutty said: “In the past five years, this government has not been communicating with us. The first national council meeting under this government was called after elections were announced, on April 13. They wanted to discuss the agenda we sent five years ago when the government came to power.”
Regarding vacancies, he said there were two problems. There is a concerted effort not to give details about vacancy numbers to the Staff Selection Commission, and the SSC is not in a position to recruit as many people as needed. “On an average, vacancies in most departments are between 40% and 45%. In I-T, it is 50%, 45% in CAG. There are sanctioned posts, but no recruitment. Such reports mean nothing,” Kutty said.
TOI’s efforts to get a comment from Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the PMO and DoPT, were in vain.
“What’s the point now when nothing was done all these years? Even in the April 13 meeting we raised this issue with the cabinet secretary. The Centre, in violation of the Contract Labour Act, has been outsourcing permanent and perennial jobs. It seems like they just need something to announce when they come back to power,” said All India Defence Employees Federation general secretary C Srikumar.
The PMO has sought details on group-wise sanctioned strength, positions filled and vacant as of April 30. Several departments have been unable to submit the required information. The MoD, for instance, was expected to forward the details by Thursday evening.
N Kannaiah, working president, All India Railwaymen Federation, said: “There are 3.8 lakh vacancies in the railways but there have been no efforts to fill them.”