A job fair will be held by Prime Minister Modi ahead of Diwali, and 75,000 people will receive appointment letters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand out appointment letters to 75,000 recruits at various levels of 38 ministries and departments on Saturday, October 22, a couple of days before Diwali, in line with his announcement a few months ago to create 10 lakh jobs in the next 1.5 years.

The Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday that Modi will launch the drive via video conference during Rozgar Mela (employment fair).

A PMO statement said: “This will be a major step towards fulfilling the Prime Minister’s commitment to providing jobs for youth and ensuring the welfare of citizens.” According to the government, it’s on a mission to fill up all the vacancies in ministries and departments.

Various levels of employees will join in Group A and B (gazetted), Group B (non-gazetted), and Group C. The posts on which appointments are being made include central armed force personnel, sub-inspectors, constables, lower-division clerks (LDC), steno, personal assistants (PA), income tax inspectors, and multitasking staff (MTS).

Each ministry is responsible for recruitment, either directly or through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), and Railway Recruitment Board.

In June, the PM announced 10 lakh government jobs. The move is seen as a way to wrest control of the “unemployment” plank from the Opposition before 2024. It’s been over 20 percent unemployment for youth (ages 15-29) in urban areas for several quarters now, giving Oppositions ammunition over joblessness. The Congress has also been highlighting unemployment in Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

The post-Covid economy is still recovering, which is resulting in tepid recruitment in the private sector, so it’s seen as a political shift in influencing the “jobs” narrative.

“New India is built on its youth power, and Shri Modi is constantly working to empower them. Home Minister Amit Shah had tweeted immediately after Modi’s announcement that 10 lakh jobs will be created in all government departments and ministries within 1.5 years.

The Covid-19 outbreak just a year before showed that every fifth job was vacant in March 2019. There were 31.43 lakh regular central government civil servants in position (including union territories) as of March 1, 2019, compared with 40.66 lakh sanctioned, and 22.69 per cent of the posts were vacant, according to the Annual Report on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Employees for 2018-19.

According to government data, the SSC and UPSC advertised 1,85,734 and 27,764 posts and recruited 1,74,744 and 24,836 candidates, respectively, between 2017-18 and 2021-22.

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