The Ministry of Home Affairs has initiated a process to fill vacancies across Central government departments on a mission mode.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given instructions that over the next one and a half years, all vacancies across departments should be filled, and employment given to 10 lakh people.
On Twitter, this has been called a ‘people-centric’ decision by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, which will “bring a lot of cheer and optimism for India’s youth”.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the country dipped further to 4.2 per cent in 2020-21, even though millions were rendered jobless by the pandemic, as per the report released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on 14 June, 2022.
The labour force participation rate or LFPR has also gone up in India. While it was 40.1 per cent in 2019-20, it went up to 41.6 per cent in 2020-21!
In terms of female labour force participation too, the figures have been quite encouraging. The figure for women participating in the labour force has gone up to 25.1 per cent in 2020-21. It was only 22.8 per cent in 2019-20 and even lower at 17.5 per cent in 2017-18.
The number of employed people has also gone up as is clear from the way the worker population ratio (WPR) has increased to 39.8 per cent in 2020-21. The figure was 38.2 per cent in 2019-20, 35.3 per cent in the period before that and only 34.7 per cent in 2017-18.