As unemployment rates soar, govt has 6.83 lakh vacant posts  

According to data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate in October had jumped to 8.5%, which is the highest in over three years. Representational image only. Photo: iStock.

Even as unemployment rates have reached a three year high, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday (November 21) that there were nearly seven lakh vacant posts in different central government departments as on March 1 last year.

A leaked National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data revealed that India’s unemployment is at a 45-year high of 6.1%. This leaked report was later denied by the government.

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Data given in a written reply by minister of state for personnel, Jitendra Singh, the government said that of the total of 6,83, 823 vacant posts, 5,74,289 are in Group C, 89,638 in Group B and 19,896 in Group A category, as on March 1, 2018.

Based on the vacancies reported by the user departments, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has started the recruitment process to fill up 1,05,338 posts during the year 2019-2020, he said.

“Recruitment process to fill up 4,08,591 vacancies by the SSC, RRBs and department of posts, is in progress,” Singh said.

In another reply, the minister said the backlog of reserved vacancies stood at 13,968 as on December 31, 2017.