More than a lakh State govt jobs vacant

The decision of the consecutive governments in the State in the last one decade to freeze fresh recruitments as part of cost-cutting measures has led to a large number of vacancies in various departments. A total of 1,25,359 posts across grades have remained unfilled so far.

The government introduced strict measures in 2009 in order to cope with the global economic slowdown. Prominent among the measures was freezing fresh recruitments. Ironically, the governments over the years have been coming up with new schemes and programmes, though the sanctioned posts continued to remain vacant, official sources said.

The worst affected are Education, Home and Health departments. About 24,804 are vacant in the Education department, including 3,454 officer posts. In the Health department, about 19,175 posts are vacant. As many as 22,644 posts are unfilled in the Home department.

Though the government has been saying that it will fill vacancies in key departments, the recruitment process has been very slow. Proposals from various departments to fill vacancies have been pending in the Finance department for several years, official sources said.
Currently, there are about 5.57 lakh State government employees, excluding the various boards, corporations and urban local bodies.

Nearly 20,000 State government employees will retire every year. Even the Official Pay Committee headed by the then Additional Chief Secretary Subir Hari Singh had highlighted the problem of large number of vacancies in the government.

‘Necessary to fill spots’

Karnataka Government Employees Association president L Byrappa said it has become necessary to fill vacancies with the government implementing new schemes and programmes. Staff strength is not full in any of the departments.

Karnataka State Government Employees Federation president U D Narasimaiah said the government’s decision not to fill vacancies has been burdening the existing staff. The implementation of Right to Services Act and Right to Information Act can be effective only if all vacancies are filled, he said.

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