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Withdraw circular ‘banning’ creation of new posts: Cong to govt

The Congress on Saturday demanded that the Centre withdraw its circular calling for a freeze on the creation of new posts, and urged it to create more vacancies while filling the existing ones in the wake of the alleged rise in unemployment.

As part of measures to rationalise non-priority expenditure, the government on Friday asked all ministries and departments to review appointments of consultants, curtail functions among other steps. It said there will be a ban on the creation of new posts, except with the approval of the expenditure department.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre over the issue, alleging that the Modi dispensation’s thinking is “minimum government, maximum privatisation”.

The COVID-19 pandemic is just an excuse and the intention is to make government offices “free” of permanent staff, he alleged on Twitter.

“Rob the future of the youth and promote friends,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi and urged the people to speak up.

At an online media briefing, Congress leader and former Union minister Rajeev Shukla said the government has come out with the circular which has suggested that new jobs cannot be created at all and the vacancies which are already existing should not be filled.

“This is a very alarming situation since the country’s economy is already in doldrums. Our GDP has gone down -23.9 per cent. An ILO report suggests that 40 crore people are going to be below the poverty line.

“So, in this situation, if the government stops helping people, if the government stops creating new jobs, if the government is not coming forward or stepping up to support the young people, then who is going to support them,” he asked.

The private sector is already into retrenchment because its financial situation is very bad, he said.

“The Congress demands that more and more vacancies and posts should be created, existing ones should be filled immediately and people should be provided employment,” Shukla said.

All those sectors where more employment opportunities can be created should be helped, Shukla said.