PM inaugurates Rozgar Mela, says government system has changed in eight years

New Delhi, October 22 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the completion of the selection process for hundreds of thousands of vacancies in a few months and the issuing of appointment letters is an indication of the change the government system has undergone over the past seven to last eight years.

He made the observations during the virtual inauguration of a Rozgar Mela, where letters of nomination were handed out to 75,000 newly inducted people.

Prime Minister Modi further said that the government has provided aid of over Rs 3 lakh crore to the MSME sector during the pandemic, which has helped prevent the loss of crores of jobs.

He informed that the Center focuses on the manufacturing and tourism sectors as they generate maximum employment.

“Today marks the day a new bond in the form of Rozgar Mela is anchored to the country’s jobs and self-employment campaigns that have been going on for eight years,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that keeping in mind the 75 years of independence, the central government is giving letters of appointment to 75,000 young people under a scheme.

“We decided that a tradition of giving letters of appointment at once should be established so that a collective temperament of completing projects on time would develop in the departments,” he said in explaining the reason for the Rozgar Mela.

“India is now the fifth largest economy in the world. Over the past eight years, we have fallen from tenth to fifth position. It is true that many major economies in the world are struggling with the ‘inflation, unemployment… side effects of the biggest crisis in 100 years cannot go away in 100 days,’ Modi said in his virtual address.

He added that despite the challenges, “India with all its strength, new initiatives and some risks has tried to save itself from the global crisis. We have been able to save ourselves so far thanks to your cooperation. We have, in the past eight years, downplayed the issues that have created obstacles in our path”.

The Prime Minister recalled the days when applying for government jobs was a tedious process and where favoritism and corruption were rampant in selections. He said measures taken in the early years of his government, such as self-attestation and the abolition of interviews in Group C and Group D positions in the central government, have helped young people.

The appointees will join the government at different levels, namely Group – A, Group – B (listed), Group – B (unlisted) and Group – C. Positions on which appointments are made include staff Central Armed Forces, Sub-Inspector, Constable, LDC, Steno, PA, Income Tax Inspectors, MTS, among others,” a statement released by the PMO reads.

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