New Delhi: Minister for Employment in the Delhi Government, Gopal Rai blamed demonetisation for the lesser numbers of participating companies and candidates in the two-day job fair organised by the Delhi government.

Rai further said that the Centre should take steps for providing jobs under the public and private sectors. The minister went on to add that various departments of the Delhi government were highly understaffed. Stating that the government’s power in the services matter was limited and hence recruitment could not be done, Rai said that a massive recruitment drive will be carried out once the subject of ‘services’ is restored.

“We will carry out a massive recruitment drive once the subject of ‘services’ is restored to us. It is common knowledge that the Delhi government cannot even appoint a peon on its own if required,” said Rai. Jurisdiction over ‘services’, that is whether the subject lies within the ambit of the elected government or with the office of the Lieutenant-Governor, is yet to be decided by the Supreme Court. Currently, the L-G exercises authority over the subject.

However, as per reports, candidates who went for the two-day job fair stated that lack of diverse job profiles, unfair eligibility criteria and unnecessary form filling were some of the problems highlighted by those who attended the event at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex.

The two-day mega job fair concluded at Thyagaraj Stadium on Tuesday and was attended by 79 companies that screened 14,000 candidates, of whom 5,000 were short-listed for recruitment, said officials of the Employment Department. The figures pale in comparison to the previous three job fairs in which around 27,000 candidates were shortlisted.

In 2017, the numbers of companies attending the job fair were 92 and the number of short-listed candidates was 9,000. The first mega job fair was held by the government in 2015 in which 100 companies participated and short-listed 12,000 candidates.