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Jobs: Central Government Jobs Increase 2.53 lakhs In 2 Years

According to the budget documents, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, the estimated workforce of central government establishments will be 35.05 lakh as on March 1, 2018, which is 2.53 lakh more than the head count of 32.52 lakh in March 2016

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An estimated 2.53 lakh central government jobs were generated in the last two years, According to the examination of Union budget 2018-19.

According to the budget documents, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, the estimated workforce of central government establishments will be 35.05 lakh as on March 1, 2018, which is 2.53 lakh more than the head count of 32.52 lakh in March 2016.

About 2.27 lakh jobs are estimated to have been added in central government departments between 2016 and 2017. An estimated 34.8 lakh people were working with central government departments as on March 1, 2017, according to the central government.

Though the major share of jobs have been added in police departments, the numbers have also gone up in various ministries and departments. The breakdown of numbers in the budget papers gives a sector-wise break up of jobs in the central government.

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers' Welfare will add 1,944 jobs by March 1. Its actual strength in 2016 was 3,996. Similarly, about 1,519 new jobs are estimated to have been added by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries between 2016 and March 2018. The department's estimated strength on March 1 will be 3,861 against 2,342 in March 2016.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had strength of 1,145 personnel in 2016 and will add 1,197 jobs by March. Similarly, 3,024 jobs will be added by Ministry of Culture by next month, against its strength of 7,675 on March 1, 2016.

The Home Ministry (excluding police force, cabinet and police departments under it) will add 5,836 more personnel to take its strength to 26,188 by next month. About one lakh more workforce is estimated to have been added in police departments under the home ministry to take the total head count to 11,25,093 by March 2018. The strength of police departments under the central government was 10,24,374, as on March 1, 2016.

The numbers show up a marginal number of increase around 2.5 government jobs in 2 years, but still very low compared to the rising unemployed population and the promise of 1 crore jobs annually.