Union Minister of State (MoS) for the office of the prime minister, Dr Jitendra Singh in an exclusive interview told India Today that as many as 1,00,000 government job vacancies will be filled in the next one year. Dr Singh is also the Minister for the Department of Personnel and Training.
Responding to questions about the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations for the year 2020, Dr Singh said that the UPSC exams for this year have been deferred not cancelled. He further added that the revised examination dates will be announced post-May 3, 2020.
Dr Jitendra Singh also addressed concerns voiced by government employees who fear that the economic downturn caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak could lead to a cut in their pensions. “There is no proposal to cut or stop the pension of any government employee,” Dr Singh told India Today in an exclusive interview on April 19.
The central government has decided to ease restrictions in areas that do not fall into the category of containment zones starting April 20. A set of guidelines have also been issued in this regard to all states by the Ministry of Home Affairs. As of April 19, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India stands at 15,512. This figure is inclusive of 2,231 recoveries and 507 deaths.