RS MPs demand that 8 lakh vacant Central govt posts be filled

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MPs on Tuesday made a demand to fill over eight lakh posts lying vacant in the Central government, saying vacancies are unjustified at a time unemployment rate is high.
Raising the issue through a zero-hour mention, V Vijayasai Reddy said the government sector is overflowing with vacancies at a time there is rising unemployment.
According to official data, there are about eight lakh vacancies in the Central government, including one lakh in the armed forces and two lakh in the railways.
“The government is not notifying the vacancies and conducting examination and declaring the result,” Reddy said, adding that some delays may have been caused because of examination question paper leaks and litigations in courts. V Sivadasan (CPM) said according to data provided by various ministries, there are 1,25,555 posts vacant in armed forces, 2,65,547 in railways and 80,752 gazetted posts are lying vacant.
He sought the urgent filling of vacancies in Central government as well as public sector units. M V Shreyams Kumar (LJD) said at a time unemployment rate touched 8 per cent in December, eight lakh posts in the central government are lying vacant.

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