The finance ministry has clarified that its recent ban on creation of new government posts does not affect recruitment of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or other recruitment boards.
“There is no restriction or ban on filling up of posts in Govt of India. Normal recruitments through govt agencies like Staff Selection Commission, UPSC, Rlwy Recruitment Board, etc will continue as usual without any curbs,” the finance ministry said via Twitter on Saturday.
In its latest round of austerity measures to curtail non-priority spending, the finance ministry barred all ministries, departments and attached offices from creating new posts, in an circular issued on Friday.
“The Dept. of Expenditure circular dated 04 Sept 2020 deals with internal procedure for creation of posts and does NOT in anyway affect or curtail recruitment,” it said in the tweet.
With the aim of reducing the government’s administrative costs, the ministry banned the creation of new posts adding that any such posts created after July 1 which were yet to be filled should not be filled, unless approved by the expenditure department.
The circular also directed all institutions and offices of the government to review and minimise the number of consultants they employed while ensuring that remuneration is not disproportionate to the quality and quantity of their work.
Further, the directive also asked ministries and departments to refrain from incurring expenditure on festivities such as foundation day or to curtail them if any.
In a previous such measure, the government put a stop to the printing of diaries, calendars and festive greeting cards by any arm of the government while encouraging adoption of digital means for the same.
As the government grapples with an increasing bill of pandemic-related expenditures, it’s revenues have significantly declined on account of the lockdown.
While the Centre revised its borrowing program upwards to Rs 12 lakh crore for the current fiscal, experts suggest its requirements could increase if economic recovery does not shape up to expectations.