According to data released by the finance ministry, nearly 10 million government jobs in the central government were vacant at the end of the fiscal year ended March 2019.
This represents 22.7 per cent of the approximately four million approved positions.
10 lakh Central Government Jobs Lying Vacant
Railway Ministry Had An Authorized Strength Of 1.5 Million Post
The Economic Times reported on Thursday that 3 lakh positions were vacant in the railway ministry alone, citing the annual report of pay and allowances for 2018-19, which stated that only 1.2 million posts are filled against an authorised strength of 1.5 million posts.
The Ministry of Home Affairs ranks second, with 963,086 out of a total of just over one million open positions filled.
Defence Ministry Had the largest Number Of Civilian Vacancies
According to the business daily, the defence ministry had also the most civilian vacancies among the central government’s major employment-generating ministries, with 60 per cent of its 633,139 approved roles remaining unfilled.
According to the annual report, the government’s overall expenditure on salaries and allowances for civilian employees in FY19 was Rs 2 lakh crore, up 7.4% from the previous fiscal year.
Five Major Ministries And Departments And Their Expenditure
Five major ministries and departments, including railways, defence (civilian) also the home affairs, post and revenue, accounted for 80% by way of expenditure and 92% in terms of personnel employed.
The railway’s ministry also contributed to about 36.7% of total expenditure on pay and allowances for civilian jobs, followed by the home affairs ministry at 24% and the post department at 5.7%.
Government’s Expenditure On Pay And Allowances Has Increased?
The government’s expenditure on pay and allowances has steadily increased in the past 10 years.
But for a 1.3 per cent contraction in FY11, the government’s pay and allowances spending has gradually increased over the last ten years.
This was due to the fact that the base was so big. According to the survey, pay and allowances spending increased by 33% in FY10.
In FY15, the pay part accounted for about 40% of total expenditure under consideration; by FY19, it had risen to 71 per cent.