Central and state governments sit over 24 lakh vacancies amid debate over job drought -Atul Thakur
-The Times of India
In time of a raging debate over jobless growth, nearly 24 lakh posts are lying vacant with the central and state governments, data compiled from answers to various questions in Parliament show.
A Rajya Sabha question answered on February 8 shows that the largest chunk is the over 10 lakh vacant positions for teachers in elementary (9 lakh) and secondary schools (1.1 lakh).
Apart from the vacancies in the centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which provides assistance to states and Union territories to maintain the desired pupil-teacher ratio under right to education norms, the bulk of these vacancies are in the domain of the states and Union territory administrations.
A Lok Sabha question answered on March 27 quoting figures from the Bureau of Police Research & Development stated that there are 4.4 lakh vacancies in civil and district armed police.
The same source showed that an additional 90,000-odd positions vacant in state armed police, taking the total vacancy in police forces to 5.4 lakh across the country.
Law and order being a state subject, these positions are primarily under the state governments.
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The Times of India, 5 August, 2018, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/central-and-state-governments-sit-over-24-lakh-vacancies-amid-debate-over-job-drought/articleshow/65274821.cms?utm_source=