Modi Government Issues Memorandum to Fill Vacancies in Government Departments

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The PM Modi led government has been continuously attacked by the opposition parties on rising unemployment in India. An unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, a four-decade high was reported for the year 2017-2018. The Union Government has taken a big step to recruit for over 6 lakh vacant spots in various departments of the central government. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued instructions to all the ministries and departments to take necessary steps to fill up vacancies and send an Action Taken Report (ATR).

The Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth, chaired by PM Modi directed DoPT to fill up the vacant posts as early as possible. The letter sent by DoPT asked for timely and advance action in filling up of the Direct Recruitment (DR) vacancies. Every ministry and department has to submit the report about steps taken in this matter to DoPT before the fifth of every month.

There were almost 7 lakh job vacancies in the different departments of the union government as of March 2018. The data was revealed by the Union Ministry of Personnel before the Rajya Sabha in November 2019. Countries biggest employer Indian Railways had 2,59,369 job vacancies, Defence had 1,87,054 vacancies, and Home Affairs had 72,365 vacancies, according to the data.

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