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Published On: Sat, Sep 5th, 2020

No Ban on Hiring For Govt Jobs, Centre Clarification After Circular Creates Uproar

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job_employment_660_271119043143NEW DELHI : Following uproar over Department of Expenditure’s latest circular regarding curbing of the official spending amid the COVID crisis, the Centre on Saturday clarified that this will not curtail recruitment for government jobs.
“The Dept. of Expenditure circular dated 04 Sept 2020 deals with internal procedure for creation of posts and does NOT in any way affect or curtail recruitment,” the Ministry of Finance said in a tweet.
“There is no restriction or ban on filling up of posts in Govt of India. Normal recruitments through govt agencies like Staff Selection Commission, UPSC, Rlwy Recruitment Board, etc will continue as usual without any curbs,” it went on to clarify.

The Department of Expenditure circular issued on Friday to curb official spending amid an economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, does not affect or curtail recruitment for government jobs, the Centre clarified on Saturday, hours after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted on the row.

The clarification came after the Congress slammed the Central government over the circular, saying “it is a very alarming situation as the country’s economy is already in doldrums”.

Former Congress President Mr Gandhi hit out at the Centre over the issue, alleging that the Modi dispensation’s thinking is ‘minimum government, maximum privatisation’.The COVID-19 pandemic is just an excuse and the intention is to make government offices ‘free’ of permanent staff, he alleged on Twitter.
‘Rob the future of the youth and promote friends,’ Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi and urged the people to speak up.

While, addressing a virtual press conference, senior Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said: “The Centre came out with the circular yesterday, in which the creation of new jobs within the government has been completely stopped.”
He said that the circular issued by the Finance Ministry suggests that new jobs “cannot” be created at all, the vacancies which are already existing should not be filled.
In its circular, the Department of Expenditure banned some non-developmental expenditures to “ensure availability of adequate resources for meeting the needs of critical priority schemes”. Ban on “creation of new posts, except with the approval of Department of Expenditure, in Ministries/Departments, Attached Offices, Subordinate Offices, Statutory Bodies and Autonomous Bodies” was also announced in the circular.
In the circular, dated September 4, the Department of Expenditure, which comes under the Ministry of Finance, banned some non-developmental expenditures to “ensure availability of adequate resources for meeting the needs of critical priority schemes”.
“There is no restriction or ban on filling up of posts in Govt of India. Normal recruitment through govt agencies like Staff Selection Commission, UPSC, Rly Recruitment Board, etc will continue as usual without any curbs,” it adds.
Rahul Gandhi, who has been critical of the Centre’s handling of the corona virus situation, had slammed the government over the circular.
“The Modi government’s thinking is minimum government, maximum privatisation. Covid is just an excuse, the government’s plan is to free government offices of all permanent staff, steal the youth’s future and propel his own friends forward,” Mr Gandhi said in a Hindi tweet, sharing a news report.
India’s gross domestic product or GDP contracted 23.9 per cent in the April-June period – much worse than economists’ estimates, official data showed last month, as the coronavirus pandemic brought key industries to a halt and rendered millions jobless.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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