Mumbai : The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced that the state government will over the next two years recruit 72,000 people mainly in its agriculture and rural development departments.
He stated that the vacancies will be filled in two phases in the first phase, the government will fill a little over 36,000 posts by the end of 2018, and the remaining posts will be filled next year.
An official government release said the move was to strengthen rural governance, but it is being seen as an attempt by the Fadnavis government to placate voters from rural parts of the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly polls in 2019. Further, the mass recruitment could also affect the state’s already growing salary bills.
The state plans to fill vacant posts in agriculture, rural development, home, public works, public health, water resources and horticulture departments. Officials said the state, in 2015, banned creation of new posts and restricted recruitment owing to the rising wage bill.
The Chief Minister’s Office said the most number of posts to be filled up are in the rural development department, with 11,005 jobs. The public health department will recruit 10,568 people, agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries, 3,709, home, 7,111, PWD, 837, water resources department 827, water conservation department, 423, and 1,664 vacancies will be filled up in the urban development department.