New Delhi: The Centre had informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that more than 6.83 lakh posts are vacant in different central government departments. Notably, of the total 38,02,779 vacant posts as on March 1 last year, 31,18, 956 vacancies were filled, stated news agency PTI.

“Recruitment against vacant posts is a continuous process. By the time vacancies reported by a department gets filled up, some new vacancies arise,” noted Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply quoted by news agency PTI.

According to Jitendra Singh, a post is deemed abolished if it is vacant for over two years. “Such posts are revived based on the functional justification,” added the minister as quoted by news agency PTI. Singh also said that the system of abolishing vacant posts is absent in the Railways sector.

Meanwhile, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has initiated the recruitment process to fill up 1,05,338 posts during the year 2019-20, added Singh. During 2017-18, the Ministry of Railways had issued centralised employment notifications (CENs) for a total of 1,27,573 vacant seats for Group ‘C’ and Level-1 posts in a span of two years.

Another five CENs covering 1,56,138 vacancies of various Group ‘C’ and Level-1 posts were issued in 2018-19, the minister said. The Department of Posts has also conducted examination/notified to fill up 19,522 vacancies, other than those to be filled up through SSC, in various grades, he said, adding that “recruitment process to fill up 4,08,591 vacancies by the SSC is in progress”.

(With inputs from PTI)