The written reply by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh to a question in the Rajya Sabha has revealed that close to seven lakh positions in central government department were lying vacant as of 1 March 2018, reports The Times of India.
Out of this total number, 5,74,289 of said vacant positions fell in to the Group C category, while 89,638 were Group B jobs, and finally, 19,896 vacancies in the Group A Category.
Singh stated that one of the steps to taken to fill up vacancies has been to shorten the recruitment cycle by way of shifting to computer-based online tests, and my getting rid of interviews for non-gazetted positions.
A specific matter of concern has been the large number of backlog vacancies for reserved categories, i.e. Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes (OBCs) in various government departments.
The minister revealed that a large number of the backlog vacancies had been filled up by the end of 2018 itself.
“As on January 1, 2019, 1,713 backlog vacancies for SCs, 2,530 backlog vacancies for STs and 1,773 backlog vacancies for OBCs remained unfilled,” he added.
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