New Delhi: Of the total vacancy of 6,83,823 in all departments of central government, almost half 3,89,069 would be filled up by 2020, assured the union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pnesions Jitendra Singh.

Singh, while replying to a question and supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday said that the government has started the process of filling up the vacant posts eversince it came to power in 2014.

“The government is already working in this direction. If you go by the vacancy figures, the percentage of the vacancy strength has been constantly reducing over the past five to six years,” the minister replied.

He said, “When this government came in, in the year 2013-14, ending March 31, 2014 before the government took over, the vacancy percentage was 16.2 per cent. The successive year it is 11.57 per cent. Then in 2015-16 it is 11.52 per cent, then in 2016-17 it is 11.36 per cent. In fact, the record is better in the central government than many of the states.” Singh said the record in the central government was far better than Karnataka where he said it had gone down from 27.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 32.56 per cent in 2018-19.

Referring to the Congress poll promises that it would fill up 4 lakh vacancies on coming to power, the union minister said, the party did not mention that the process for filling up the vacancies had already started during the last NDA regime.

Based on the vacancies reported by the user Departments, the SSC has started recruitment process to fill up 1,05, 338 posts during the year 2019 and 2020. During 2017-18, the Centralised Employment Notifications (CENs) for 1,27,573 combined vacancies of various Group C and Level-1 posts were notified by the Ministry of Railways. For new and future vacancies to arise in two years time, another five CENs covering 1,56,138 vacancies of various Group C and Level-1 posts have been issued in 2018-19.

“Recruitment process to fill up 3,89,069 vacancies has already started,” the minister said.