New Delhi: Controversially, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has brought a bill to set aside a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India’s upper castes. This move has come weeks after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and months before a challenging General Election.
The Opposition is questioning the timing and the intent of the government. With the government having failed in employment-generation and India seeing years of jobless growth, jobs have become a national priority and an election issue.
Has the government done enough to fill existing government vacancies? One of the world’s largest employers is the Indian Railways and even they have failed on the job front. A Right to Information query the Indian Railways reveals a dismal picture with the Railways too.
When asked for a breakdown of number of people retiring and the number of job opportunities generated over the last decade, the data was disturbing. The results show that that from 2008 to 2018, not even in a single year, did more people get jobs than the number of employees who retired. As a result the number of vacancies went up to around 3 lakh.
Total No of Railway Employees during 2016-17 was 13,08,323. Eight years ago, in 2008-9, total No of Railway Employees was 13,86,011, which translates into the number of employees coming down by 77,688 in 8 years. (IANS)
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