New Delhi: The Central government has directed the filling up of all existing vacancies in the central government, which have been pegged at nearly 7 lakh as per the last disclosure before the Parliament.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in a circular has directed all Secretaries of ministries to fill up all the existing vacancies in various ministries and departments.
The direction has come at the recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth (CCIG), which comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah among others.
The ministries have been asked to take a time-bound action in this regard.
“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,” stated the DoPT circular.
The government has sought a report with the action taken to fill up the existing vacancies by the fifth day of every month.
“The first such report should reach this department latest by February 5, 2020,” the circular says.
There were nearly 7 lakh vacancies in the central government as of 2018, and the total number employees has decreased since 2014 though the sanctioned number of posts has increased by almost 1.57 lakh, the government had told Parliament last November.
The data suggests that around 31.81 lakh central government were filled on March 1, 2018 as against 38 lakh post.
The biggest central government employer, Indian Railways, had nearly 2.5 lakh vacancies, the data showed. About 1.9 lakh vacancies exist in the Defence (Civilian) sector, as per the data. Almost all ministries have vacancies.