Prime Minister Narendra Modi has boast upon one of his catchiest slogans ‘Minimum government, maximum governance’ and waling on the same line, his government has announced that more than two lakh people will get employed in central government posts over the period of two years, beginning from 1 March 2015. In the year 2015, the number of central government employees was 33.05 lakh, and on 1 March 2016 it has increased significantly to 34.93 lakhs. Keeping this rate the estimated growth in the numbers by 1 March, 2016 is 35.23 lakhs.
The number of recruits in the list includes railways and excludes the defence forces. The railways have not included a single worker in its strength of 1326437, for the last three years. The revenue department is projected to get almost 70000 candidates, being the biggest in terms of recruitment in the coming year. The recruitment in central paramilitary forces in projected to rise by 47000. Excluding the paramilitary forces, the home ministry strength has increased by 6000. The cabinet secretariat would add 301 employees. It would reach to the number of 1201 employee by March, 2017, from its present capacity of 900. The Information and Broadcasting ministry is also not left behind which has added over 2200 personnel in last two years.
The salaries and allowances of the revenue departments have not shown any growth due to the inability of the body to recruit personnel because of slow cadre restructuring exercise process. There has been a significant cut in the number of candidates in the rural development department. It has come down to 472 in the year 2016-17, from its strength of 538 in the year 2015. Quite a few departments faced staff crunch in Group B and C categories for the past few years. It was caused due to the moratorium on fresh recruitments.
More than six lakh posts are lying vacant in various central government ministries, as vacancies have piled up over the three years’ time. Once these posts are filled, the numbers of total recruitments are going to increase.