Guwahati: At a time when BJP had promised to provide one lakh jobs annually to Assam youths, the state has around one lakh posts lying vacant in some 50 different departments since 2016, when the BJP came to power in the state for the first time.
The details came in a written reply to a query by leader of the opposition Debabrata Saikia, as the general administration minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass said in the assembly that at least 1,07,149 posts from Grade-I to IV of all categories were lying vacant.
Amongst them some 50,465 vacancies are in the education department followed by around 20,248 posts in home department, the minister replied. Some 956 posts were also lying vacant in the state secretariat.
The health department also has a vacancy of around 9,353 posts.
Education minister Ranoj Pegu said, “We have promised to provide one lakh jobs to our youths. There are posts lying vacant in the departments but before starting the hiring process we are examining the relevance of the posts in today’s context.”
On the other hand, the opposition leader Saikia feared that the state government may dissolve some posts saying that they are not relevant in today’s context.
On Monday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said in the assembly that a total of 29,948 posts at different levels are vacant in the Assam Police, including 15,248 posts since 2016.