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Govt to start filling over 5,000 vacancies

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the government will shortly start filling over 5,000 posts sanctioned by the administrative reforms departments/inter-departmental committee of officers (IDCO).

Admitting that during the past two years the recruitment in government departments as well as state corporations has not taken place as it should have, Sawant said the administrative reforms department/IDCO have already approved a total of 5,072 posts for the government departments/corporations, and now it is up to these departments/corporations to create and advertise the same to start the recruitment process.

The Chief Minister, who also handles administrative reforms portfolio, said that a total of 70 proposals have been received for creation of posts from various departments/corporations for year 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Answering a related question from Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo during the question hour on the opening day of the monsoon session of the state legislative assembly, he said that there are around 55,000 employees in the service of the state government and at the most another 8,000 to 10,000 employees can be recruited in the government departments/ corporations.

“Therefore, the employment seeking people should not concentrate on government jobs and should either get self-employed or compete in the private sector for employment,” Sawant advised, pointing out that after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, everyone is seeking government service due to high salary and job security. 

“The government is inviting fresh investments in Goa through the medium of Investment Promotion Board and department of industries, trade and commerce, so as to create more jobs in the state,” he added, maintaining that the government will need to change the related legislation for providing job security to those working in the private sector, especially to control the hire and fire policy of the employers.

The Chief Minister also stressed on changing the mindset of the local youth who, in spite of being highly educated are ready to work at any level. He also cited an example that a LLB graduate in the past had applied for the job of a peon in the forest department.

Earlier, Navelim MLA Luizinho Faleiro pointed out that engineering graduates from his constituency are applying for the posts of lower division clerks in government departments.

The Chief Minister also informed that 10 per cent reservation in government service will be made available to the people under the economically weaker sections, without disturbing the scheduled caste/ scheduled tribe, other backward class and other categories.

He also warned that those who are not under the EWSs should refrain from getting false income certificates from mamlatdars fraudulently.

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