Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched Rozgar Mela – the recruitment drive for 10 lakh personnel via video conferencing from his office. Appointment letters were given to 75,000 newly inducted employees in different departments.
Explaining the rationale of the Rozgar Mela, the Prime Minister said, “We decided that a tradition of giving appointment letters in one go should be started so that a collective temperament of completing projects in a time-bound way develops in government departments.”
The PM said that completion of the process of selection for the lakhs of vacancies in a few months and issuing appointment letters is an indication of the change that the government system has undergone in the last 7-8 years. “Today, work culture is changing,” he said. “The efficiency of government departments has increased due to the efforts of our Karmayogis,” he added. He recalled the days when applying for government jobs was a cumbersome process and favouritism and corruption were rampant in selections. He said that the steps during the initial years of his government, like self-attestation and abolition of interviews in Group C and Group D posts of the Central government, have helped the youth.
In the coming days also, candidates will get their appointment letters from the government from time to time, he said, adding that many NDA-ruled and BJP-ruled states and Union Territories will also organise similar Melas.
Emphasising the role of most job-intensive sectors like agriculture, private sector and MSME, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of skilling India’s youth for a brighter future. “Today we are emphasising the most on skill development of youth. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, a huge campaign is going on to train the youth according to the needs of the industries of the country”, he said. Over 1.25 crore young people have been trained under Skill India Abhiyan. Kaushal Vikas Kendras all over the country and hundreds of higher education institutes have been opened, he informed. The Prime Minister also said that initiatives like liberalising drone policy, opening up space policy, and 20 Lakh crore rupees worth of loans under Mudra Yojana have taken the process further. “Never before a self-employment program of this magnitude was implemented in the county,” he said.
Apart from self-help groups, he continued, Khadi and village industry are the prime examples of employment generation in the villages. For the first time in the country, the worth of Khadi and Village Industries has crossed Rs 4 lakh crore and more than 4 crore jobs have been created in Khadi and Village Industries. “A large number of our sisters have a huge stake in this,” he said.
The startup India campaign, the Prime Minister pointed out, has established the potential of the youth of the country all over the world. Similarly, MSMEs were supported in a big way during the pandemic, protecting about 1.5 crore jobs. MGNREGA amounts to jobs for 7 crore people in the country, he added.
About the recruitments
The PMO said in a statement that the job mela was a significant step towards fulfilling the Prime Minister’s commitment to providing job opportunities for the youth and ensuring the welfare of citizens. On the directions of the Prime Minister, all ministries and departments are working towards filling up existing vacancies against sanctioned posts in a mission mode.
The new recruits, selected from across the country, will join 38 ministries/departments of Government of India. The appointees will join the government at various levels such as Group–A, Group–B (Gazetted), Group–B (Non-Gazetted) and Group–C. The posts on which appointments are being made include Central Armed Force Personnel, Sub Inspector, Constable, LDC, Steno, PA, Income Tax Inspectors, and MTS among others.
These recruitments are being made in mission mode by ministries and departments either by themselves or through recruiting agencies such as UPSC, SSC and Railway Recruitment Board. Selection processes have been simplified and made tech-enabled for expeditious recruitment.