Rama Krishna Sangem
Telangana CM KCR has made a right move by announcing a mega recruitment of around 91,148 government jobs. KCR disclosed details of the mega job drive in the assembly on March 9, Wednesday. Around 11,000 jobs will be filled by the existing outsourcing staff in different departments. They will be more than happy by the CM KCR’s decision.
KCR recalled the basic slogan of Telangana statehood agitation since 2001 – fighting for Neellu, Nidhulu, Niyamakalu (water, funds and jobs) on this occasion. By this, he wants people to remember that his government is committed to fulfilling his promises made during the 14-year long movement. This will help KCR politically as lakhs of jobless youth are waiting for the recruitment.
Bonanza for Youth
Of the around 80,000 jobs, as many as 503 are Group -1 jobs and an equal number of Group-2 posts, followed by thousands of teachers, doctors, paramedical and police vacancies, among a total 27 departments. Definitely, this is a bonanza for the youth who have been waiting for state cadre posts since 2014.
Though around 1.3 lakh jobs were filled in the government in the last seven years, the youth have been unhappy over not recruiting Group-1, 2 and 3 jobs. Similarly, the outsourcing employees too were discontent that they were poorly paid and not regularized till now. There have been sporadic suicides by the youth in Telangana, who waited for government jobs.
The opposition parties have protested over the delay in recruitment on a massive scale by the KCR government. The CM has explained in the assembly that the changes to the existing zonal system as per the Presidential order were the main reason for the delay. The revised zonal and multi-zonal system will ensure jobs to the locals.
Rs 7,000 crore Burden
KCR’s mega job drive may impose a burden of around Rs 7,000 crore every year to the exchequer. But it is worth spending. The government can afford to bear this burden in view of its soaring revenues in the coming years. On the other hand, at least 90,000 families of these newly recruited employees spending power would be improved. This would pump in revenues indirectly to the exchequer through taxes.
KCR by going for this mega job recruitment drive has achieved three purposes: One, he brought cheers to the faces of unemployed youth of Telangana. Two, he has strengthened the government departments which are understaffed. Three, he has blunted the political weapons of opposition Congress and BJP who are agitating on this issue for the last few months.
KCR’s timing of this jobs announcement also is right. He took the decision at a time BJP is expected to fare better in UP assembly elections, as per the Exit polls. The counting of votes will take place on March 10, Thursday. Even if an emboldened BJP intensifies attack on his government, this mega jobs recruitment drive softens the attack. Overall, this is a right move by CM KCR.