With 398 fresh appointment letters handed over to new recruits by Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena Tuesday, as many as 22,000 permanent government employees have been recruited in Delhi government departments and civic agencies over the last year and a half, L-G House officials said.
Of the total number of government employees who got their appointment letters during the fourth such event, 149 of the recruits, according to Raj Niwas, were the dependent beneficiaries of deceased government servants; 22,000 more vacancies would be filled within a similar time frame, Saxena said on the occasion.
“The LG, ever since taking over, has been stressing upon permanent appointments against government vacancies instead of ad-hoc and contractual recruitment, underlining that such practices lead to favouritism, corruption and exploitation of citizens who rightfully deserve a job,” L-G House officials said.
According to officials, Saxena headed several meetings to streamline the process of appointments leading to the recruitment processes by the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) gaining “unprecedented momentum” to the extent that the time being taken for the declaration of results had reduced to six to eight months compared to 12 months earlier.
“As many as 10,000 selections have already been made and selection against 9,000 vacancies is at different stages of recruitment; 13,000 vacancies are under scrutiny and around 22,000 more vacancies are going to be filled up within a period of next one and a half year,” officials added.
Officials said among the 149 appointment letters given on compassionate grounds, 103 dependents had been appointed by the Services Department and 46 by the NDMC.
Between May 2022 and May 2023, according to officials, 15,367 posts were filled through the DSSSB in the Education Department, the NDMC had recruited about 4,500 individuals with the help of the Centre.
An additional 376 posts were filled through UPSC of which 324 posts were of Principals/Vice-Principals lying vacant apart from positions in FSL Delhi; another 500 posts in the Delhi Fire Service were filled through DSSSB along with positions in DTC and Labour Department.
“In a first, the letters of appointment, issued to dependents on compassionate grounds, went through an entirely transparent process wherein, the selections once made were put out in public domain, for all to see and raise any genuine objection or grievance,” officials added.