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FILE-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival in Rajkot, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel is also seen. (PTI/File)

According to his office, 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 government jobs over the next 1.5 years.

The ceremony, dubbed Rozgar Mela (employment fair), will see Modi launch the program through a video conference, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Providing job opportunities for youth and ensuring citizens’ welfare is a continuous commitment of the Prime Minister, according to the PMO statement. The government implements aย “mission mode” to fill all vacancies in ministries and departments.

In addition to Groups A and B (gazetted), Group B (non-gazetted) and Group C, the new employees will join at various levels. Appointments are being made to the central armed force personnel, subinspectors, constables, lower-division clerks (LDC), stenographers, personal assistants, income tax inspectors, and multi-tasking staff, among others.

Recruitments are carried out by the respective ministries themselves or through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister announced that 10 lakh government jobs would be created. This move is being viewed as a means of wresting the unemployment issue from the opposition before the NDA seeks a third term in 2024. For many quarters, the unemployment rate for youth (aged 15-29 years) in urban areas has hovered above 20 per cent, giving rise to opposition charges that jobs are in short supply. During Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, Congress also highlighted the issue of unemployment.

The post-Covid economic recovery is a work in progress, resulting in tepid recruitment in the private sector; this move is viewed as a strategic political move in influencing the “jobs” narrative.

Youth power is the backbone of New India, and Shri Modi is continuously working to empower them. According to Amit Shah, immediately after Modi’s announcement in June, the government’s directive to recruit 10 lakh in a mission mode across all government departments and ministries within 1.5 years will inspire new hope and confidence among the youth.

In March 2019, every fifth position was vacant, just one year before the outbreak of Covid-19. As per the Annual Report on Pay and Allowances of the Central Government Employees for 2018-19, the total number of stable central government civilian employees in position (including Union Territories) as of March 1, 2019, was 31.43 lakh, against the sanctioned strength of 40.66 lakh, and approximately 22.69 per cent of positions were vacant as of March 1.

In the five years between 2017-18 and 2021-22, the SSC and UPSC advertised 1,85,734 and 27,764 posts, respectively, and recruited 1,74,744 and 24,836 candidates, respectively.

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