Published On: Tue, Mar 15th, 2016

43 per cent posts vacant in FCI: Food Minister

New Delhi: More than 15,800 posts are lying vacant at state-run FCI, which is also facing shortage of more than 8,600 workers, Parliament was informed today.

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan informed Lok Sabha that 43 per cent posts were lying vacant in FCI.

“Against sanctioned strength of 36,982 employees, only 21,139 regular employees are in position as on December 31, 2015 and hence at present there are 15,843 vacancies,” Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

The minister said 256 posts are vacant in Category-1, followed by 2,057 and 14,783 in second and third categories, respectively.

However, there is surplus of 1,253 in the fourth category, he added.

Therefore, the effective vacancies in the corporation are 15,843.

“Food Corporation of India (FCI) is in the process of filling up 5,596 vacancies across all cadres by the way of competitive recruitment process,” Paswan added.

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The FCI also has three types of departmental workers — regular departmental, under direct payment system (DPS) and under no-work-no-pay system (NWNP).

There is shortfall of 3,241 departmental workers, 5,008 DPS workers and 438 NWNP workers, Paswan said.

Out of the total required strength of 58,480 workers, the FCI’s current strength on December 31, 2015 was 48,793.

In view of high level committee recommendations and High Court directions, there is presently no plan to induct any labour in FCI, the minister added


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